Alex Rodriguez opens up about his complicated relationship with his father, who left him when he was a child, but inspired him to be a good father for his children.
Alex Rodriguez is in the past is affecting his present.
The former baseball star is putting in overtime when it comes to the education of his children and girlfriend Jennifer Lopez kids — because his own father was not there for a large part of his life.
ET’s Kevin Frazier spoke with Rodriguez in Los Angeles on Thursday, where he started on his tense relationship with his late father, Victor, and why it is the fuel for him today.
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“My father passed about three years ago.. He left us [if I] 10. And then we are connected in a four-game series against Minnesota,” he recalled. “It was father’s day weekend, and it was a four-day series, and Kev, it was probably the best four games I’ve played in my career. And it was the only four games he came to watch me play.”
These four games took place in 2000, 10 years after Rodriguez had last seen his father. He heard of him briefly in 1993, but it took a number of years before they connected enough for Rodriguez’s father to attend one of his games. The former baseball superstar hit a home run for the Seattle Mariners, and pointed to his father in the stands.
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“‘I’m going to put on a show for you, so you know, Father, what have you walked away from,'” Rodriguez recalled thinking. “Since he left me and my family, I have always thought, I never want to do that. I want to be a good father or a present father.”
These days, A-Rod is busy working as a sports commentator and guest shark on the 10th season of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” and he says that he is a good father is still his No. 1 priority. “When I come home, I am the personal assistant of a 13-and a 10-year-old daughter,” he said with a laugh.
“I’m a professional Uber driver all of their events and soccer practice and all that,” he added. “And I’m focusing on killing the job.”
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