Born 1975, in New York, then when he was four-years-old, Alex Rodriguez and his family moved to the Dominican Republic for three years, before they eventually returned to the states, and moved to Miami, where A-Rod lived until he was drafted #1 overall by the Seattle Mariners in 1993. For most of his life, minus three-years, Rodriguez has lived in America, but when the 2009 World Baseball Classic is played next spring, A-Rod is going to play for the Dominican Republic team, according to Yahoo! Sports. This was a big dilemma when the first baseball classic was played, as you may remember A-Rod, didn’t know who to play for, the country he was born in: America, or his parents native country: Dominican Republic. The always P.R. conscience Rodriguez waited for the last minute and eventually played for team USA, now it appears he has had a change of heart. What caused the change ? Has anti-American Madonna gotten into his ear ? The change is just a bit peculiar. A-Rod is allowed to play for either team, but to flip-flop back and forth just makes him look like the arrogant jerk that he is. More from Yahoo!:
Alex Rodriguez, who nearly sat out the inaugural World Baseball Classic because he did not want to choose between playing for his native United States or the Dominican Republic, the country of his parents’ birth, is changing uniforms for the 2009 Classic.
The New York Yankees’ third baseman, who was on a star-studded U.S team that failed to advance to the semifinals of the first WBC, plans to play for the Dominican Republic this spring, according to Dominican slugger David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox.
Ortiz is hosting a charity golf tournament in the Dominican city of Punta Cana this weekend. He said Rodriguez, who is playing in the tournament, is expected to announce his decision at the function. Rodriguez and Ortiz are close friends.
“He wants to play for the Dominican team,” Ortiz said by telephone Thursday. “We’ll talk about it now after he gets here, and he’ll probably announce it here.”
Ortiz said he has not spoken recently with Rodriguez about his intentions, but that as far back as the All-Star Game last July in New York, he said A-Rod had expressed a desire to play for the Dominican Republic.