News of Alex Rodriguez's suspension through the 2014 season Monday marks yet another low point for the slugger who many say led off on the right foot. NY1's Budd Mishkin filed the following report.
The story of Alex Rodriguez is the stuff of Greek tragedy: An amazing talent whose career might likely end in disgrace.
By now we have become accustomed to the dramatic highs and lows that come with Alex Rodriguez. But when he burst on the scene with the Seattle Mariners, he was more like the natural...nothing seemed beyond his grasp.
The public perception of him was never the same, perhaps inevitably, after he signed the 10-year, $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers. And then in the 2004 began the Yankee years, amidst much fanfare.
There was the famed slap of Boston pitcher Bronson Arroyo's glove in the 2004 playoffs, part of the Red Sox greatest comeback ever. And being dropped to eighth in the lineup during the 2006 playoffs against Detroit.
A-Rod won MVP awards in 2005 and 2007.
But he created a public relations nightmare by opting out of his contract during the 2007 World Series.
Hank Steinbrenner pushed for A-Rod to stay, so the Yankees signed him to a 10-year, $275 million deal. And then in 2009 came the admission -- A Rod said he'd taken steroids while playing in Texas.
He redeemed himself later that year with a terrific performance in the World Series, leading the Yankees to victory.
But since the 2010 season, there have been declining numbers, more and more injuries, and the MLB investigation of Biogenesis, with A-Rod's name topping the list.
A player who once had the potential to be the greatest of all time became constant fodder for the back pages, and rarely positive.
The Yankees signed A-Rod with the hope that he would eventually be the all time home run king, and that achievement would be celebrated and marketed in the Bronx.
It ain't over 'til it's over, but it seems that for A-Rod and the Yankees, that hope is gone.
Barring the greatest of comebacks, a baseball career that began beautifully is likely to end badly.