• Mother A-Rod Speaks On ALDS

    Posted by on October 16th, 2005 · Comments (4)

    From Fox Sports:

    Alex Rodriguez played poorly in the Yankees’ American League division series loss in part because he was saddened by the death of the uncle who raised him, the slugger’s mother said in an interview published in a local newspaper Sunday.

    Lourdes Navarro said her son kept the Sept. 30 death of his uncle to himself because he was committed to helping his team win.

    “I think he should speak with the team and tell them that his uncle, who was like his father because he raised him since he was 8, died in a hospital in Miami,” Navarro told Listin daily newspaper.

    “I know how much he suffered from the death of his uncle without being able to do anything, from listening to me crying and not being able to be there,” she said, suggesting some New York fans were being unfair to her son.

    “I would like … for the baseball fans to know that my son is a great human being, that they’re seeing a human and not a robot, that he can fail, especially when there are reasons like this,” she said.

    Navarro said Rodriquez spoke with his uncle for three hours by phone the day before he died.

    “We buried him in Santo Domingo…(Rodriguez) didn’t come because of the high sense of responsibility that Alex has for his work,” she said.

    I am sorry to hear, anytime, about someone having a loss in their family. Still, at first blush, this is a story that I wished could have remained private. Every player on that field for the ALDS had the potential to have something in their private life be a distraction. Maybe it’s not a death in the family? Maybe it’s the discovery that their wife created on them? Maybe it’s a stalker threatening their children? Maybe it’s finding out that they got V.D. from their secret girl friend? Maybe it’s the IRS coming after them?

    Do we really need to know who had personal problems that week and whether or not that impacted their baseball performance? Since when did they start counting pity parties in the boxscore?

    Plus, this disclosure from Mother A-Rod just continues to fuel those who want to talk about Alex’s bad ALDS numbers. You want to get someone to forget something, then stop talking about it. It will work, in time.

    Comments on Mother A-Rod Speaks On ALDS

    1. Jen
      October 17th, 2005 | 12:09 am

      True, but it’s not like it’s his agent bringing this up, it’s his mom. I doubt Alex asked her to talk about it.

    2. October 17th, 2005 | 1:46 am

      Losing the man who raised him since he was eight and missing the funeral to play a game is “personal problems that week”? That’s just cold.

      It’s a game played by human beings, and their humanity is a central part in its appeal. I know Arod is getting paid exorbitantly to perform, but I think knowing about his burden during the series makes his less-than-stellar small-sample-size week (even) easier to accept.

    3. MJ
      October 17th, 2005 | 8:51 am

      My rule of thumb is that family members should stay out of the limelight. Every time Brenda Warner (Kurt’ wife) opens her mouth, she puts another nail in Kurt’s coffin. When A-Rod talked about his therapy, that was his choice and I applauded his courage. But when a family member speaks, it just looks bad. I don’t want to be harsh about it but, really, it’s best for everyone if the family stays anonymous.

    4. Raf
      October 17th, 2005 | 9:29 am

      They didn’t have to run the story…

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