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.