2009 was shaping up to be one of the worst years of Alex Rodriguez's life. He was already embroiled in a public divorce underscored by rumors that he was schtupping a woman 17 years his season -- ok it was Madonna, but still.
Then in February, Sports Illustrated and that pesky Selena Roberts dropped the bombshell that Rodriguez had indeed tested positive for steroids while an MLB player, a scandal he didn't handle well by most PR standards. All those, "Oh, he did take roids? Wonder why they didn't help him in the post-season ...har har" remarks added insult to injury.
While the naming of University of Miami's baseball stadium after him didn't quite amount to the civic embarrassment that is Jose Canseco Street, the timing couldn't have been worse.
Then, just to add more melodrama, he was forced to sit out the World Baseball Championship and the first month of the season due to a hip injury.
Fast forward to now, and 2009 might end up being a banner year for A-Rod.
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