Via the Daily News -
Richard Ben Cramer could drop a bomb on the Bronx Bombers in a few short years.
The noted author is writing a book about Alex Rodriguez, say multiple sources, that will highlight the slugger’s exploits on and – more interestingly – off the field.
The book, now “under contract” and tentatively titled “The Importance of Being Alex: A Life With the Yankees,” will be published by Twelve. The $31 million question (that’s how much A-Rod reportedly will make this year) is: When?
Although one source says there’s no projected publication date for the book, which was originally to be published by Simon & Schuster, another insider says the biography isn’t slated to hit stores until April 2014.
Chalk up the long lead time up to a combination of writer and subject. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Cramer is know for taking years to complete a book and for bristling at deadlines.
Then again, the story of A-Rod’s life is as meaty as he is.
“There will be things in the book that A-Rod will certainly not like and were never revealed before,” says an insider.
Judging from Cramer’s best-selling 2000 biography of Yankee Clipper Joe DiMaggio, “The Hero’s Life,” readers can expect a thorough examination of A-Rod’s personal life, with Madonna, Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz pinch-hitting for DiMaggio’s famous love, Marilyn Monroe.
Unlike DiMaggio, who refused to talk to Cramer for “The Hero’s Life,” our insider says Rodriguez has participated in the project.
Cramer must have had plenty to ask his subject. Controversy has been Rodriguez’s constant companion during his stellar 18-year career.
Cramer likely will explore A-Rod’s friendship with Derek Jeter, which reportedly frayed when Rodriguez cownplayed Jeter’s talents in a 2001 Esquire article.
There’s also Rodriguez’s 2009 admission that he used steroids earlier in his career, as well as the juicy love life.
Although 2014 is a long way off, Cramer’s timing could be fortuitous. Rodriguez, who will turn 39 that summer, could be on pace at that point to become the fourth player in baseball history to hit 700 home runs. He’ll also likely be a member of the 3,000-hit club by then.
Reps for Twelve declined to comment and Rodriguez’s reps did not return our requests for comment before deadline.
Wake me up in two years and ask me then if I’m interested.