“Have a Lot to Deal With”- Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez Believes He Would Have Never Survived in New Generation Sports Environment

Published 04/30/2022, 9:29 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 08: Sports commentator and former professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez takes part in a panel during WSJ’s The Future of Everything Festival at Spring Studios on May 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez is one of the best to grace the game of baseball. No doubt about that. Because playing for over 20 years of baseball with the same stamina and energy is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, the Yankees legend feels that he could not have played for that long in today’s environment.

A-Rod made his big league debut in 1994 for the Seattle Mariners. Internet was not a big thing at that time. And there was no such craze of social media till 2010-12. A-Rod believes if he is successful, then it is because social media did not peak at his time. Recently, he applauded the current athletes for managing their lifestyles.

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Earlier in 2021, when the entire world was suffering from the deadly coronavirus, A-Rod made probably the best move in his post-retirement career. He, along with his billionaire friend Marc Lore, invested in the NBA franchise Minnesota Twins. Recently, his team failed to qualify for the next round of playoffs.

Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez encourages the Timberwolves players after their playoffs loss

With an experience of over 20 years of professional career, A-Rod has probably gone through everything an athlete can imagine. While playing for the Yankees, Mariners, and Rangers, A-Rod achieved the pinnacle of success, but he also went through some rough phases in his career.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 02: Former baseball player Alex Rodriguez looks on before Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Recently, his team, Minnesota Timberwolves, lost their playoff round to the Memphis Grizzlies. But A-Rod was all praise for his players. Talking to Shams Charania, A-Rod said that it is very hard for current players to focus on their game. Because they have to deal with social media too.

“I spent a lot of time individually with our players. Talking about the importance of saving money, taking care of family, life after basketball… These kids have it so much harder today,” A-Rod said. “I don’t think I could have ever played in this environment because Twitter, the social media, was bad enough when I played in New York. But these kids have a lot to deal with all.

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He also expressed that these new generation players want to do more in their life apart from their sporting careers. Because they also want to be an example to their society. 

“They don’t only want to be good basketball players. They want to be good dressers, and good investors and they want to be vocal about social issues. All these things that we really want. We were just ballplayers, so my hat goes off to all our players,” added Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez.

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Notably, the Timberwolves lost 106-114 to the Grizzlies and got eliminated from the playoff rounds of the NBA.

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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