Being a player for the New York Yankees is never easy. Being a high-priced player is even worse. Alex Rodriguez knows this well as he continues battling high expectations and lingering issues with ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman needs A-Rod and Derek Jeter for a while longer
While Theo Epstein grabs most of the headlines rebuilding the Chicago Cubs, the Yankees general manager Brian Cashman raised a few eyebrows, too. Following the exit of the Yankees from the playoffs, Cashman questioned whether the team should've played Rodriguez given both a knee and thumb injuries. A-Rod struggled in the series and never displayed comfort at the plate. Cashman said that playing him was the right thing but hopes that next season "the real" Alex Rodriguez returns to the New York Yankees lineup to help captain Derek Jeter win one more World Series. He refers to A-Rod staying healthy. It's easy to say, but even with a dynamite work ethic, Rodriguez can't escape the fact he's 36 years old. Injuries tend to happen more often to older players. All these professional problems get compounded by lingering personal ones as well.
Cameron Diaz reportedly dating Diddy off and on since 2008
Most people recall the Super Bowl last year when cameras caught Cameron Diaz feeding popcorn to A-Rod. The Yankees slugger didn't appreciate the publicity, but now it seems his lost relationship with the Hollywood starlet won't go away. Recent rumors surfaced that Diaz has had a second relationship with rap mogul Diddy for the past three years. In fact sources saw the two making out just two weeks after Cameron broke up with A-Rod. Diddy isn't innocent in this endeavor, either. He too has a girlfriend in Cassie, leading many to think he and Cameron Diaz are "friends with benefits." No matter how one spins it, this is just another blast of tabloid fodder that Alex Rodriguez doesn't need.
The New York Yankees stand in the middle of a crossroads. The stars of their team like A-Rod and Derek Jeter are finally wearing down. Men like Brian Cashman know this and hope those longtime stalwarts can hold the ship up a little longer. Rodriguez didn't ask for any special favors, but he could use a few to keep himself out of gossip sections while he tries rebuilding an image marred by injury and erratic behavior. He has until April to do so, then the truth will come out about whether he has anything left.