From a Mel Antonen feature in Baseball Digest that was published in December of 2000:
When he’s not playing shortstop for the Seattle Mariners, [Alex] Rodriguez, 24, likes to jet ski, listen to Frank Sinatra and hang out with his three dogs. But what really blows A-Rod away these days is da Vinci, the 15th-century genius who studied astronomy, anatomy. geometry, botany and geology while squeezing in time to paint the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.
A book on da Vinci sits on Rodriguez’s bedside table: “He wrote his notes backward so that people wouldn’t take his ideas,” he says. “People like me would have to put them up to a mirror to read them. He says you can learn seven facts every second for the rest of your life. That means we are using only two percent of our brain. It fascinates me. I like education. My dream was always to get a degree from Harvard or Yale, but I wasn’t that smart.”
Rodriguez is the milk-and-cookies player whom baseball embraces. He’s talented, humble, hard-working and caring. He apologizes when he’s five minutes late for a lunch appointment. He has a mature perspective on what it means to be good-looking, rich and famous.
During the season, Rodriguez used to live in a Seattle high-rise with views of the Space Needle, Puget Sound and the mountains of Olympic National Park. But for last season he rented a house on Mercer Island, about 10 minutes from the ballpark, partly because of his dogs and partly because he wanted a big picture window overlooking Lake Washington.
Rodriguez has three dogs. Ripper is an old German shepherd, a gift from fellow Miami resident Jose Canseco, who plays for the Yankees. Shorty, a yellow lab, is in training school. Gypsy is an affectionate German shepherd.
…Ripper is an old German shepherd, a gift from fellow Miami resident Jose Canseco…
O.K., so, A-Rod and Canseco were tight back in 2000. I’ll just hang up now and listen to your reaction to that.