Alex Rodriguez's time with the New York Yankees will be remembered for one World Series title, two MVP awards and countless controversies.
And for him not being Derek Jeter.
"When I'm amongst Yankee fans and the conversation turns to him, he's not held with great fondness," said Marty Appel, author of "Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss."
"There was just something about the way he related to people over the years that fell short of a warm embrace, whether it was body language or dating celebrities," said Appel, a former Yankees media relations director and television producer. "The rank-and-file lunch-box-carrying people just never really took to him."
Perhaps the most talented and notorious player of his era, Rodriguez is set to play his final game for the Yankees on Friday night at home against Tampa Bay. New York plans to release A-Rod after the game, even though the team must pay him about $7 million for the rest of this season and $20 million more next year.
"I think it's going to be a crazy, electric stadium. I think there will be plenty of applause and there will be plenty of boos because people love to hate him," said "Bald" Vinny Milano of the Yankee Stadium Bleacher Creatures, who became an A-Rod fan after meeting him at a charity event. "There are always going to be Yankees fans who hate the guy, no matter what his on-field accomplishments were, no matter how great of a player he was on the field. Outside influences affect their opinion of the guy - whether they're right, wrong or indifferent. They attack his personality or his attitude. But if you look at baseball only, there's no way you can't say he's one of the best who ever played the game." >> Read more
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