Alex Rodriguez’s past is actually influencing his present.
The former baseball star is actually putting in overtime when the idea comes to parenting his kids as well as being there for girlfriend Jennifer Lopez’s children as well — because his own father wasn’t around for a lot of his life.
ET’s Kevin Frazier spoke with Rodriguez in Los Angeles on Thursday, where he opened up about his strained relationship with his late father, Victor, as well as why the idea fuels him today.
“My father passed about three years ago.. He left us [when I was] 10. as well as then we reconnected in a four-game series against Minnesota,” he recalled. “the idea was Father’s Day weekend, as well as the idea was a four-day series as well as Kev, the idea was probably the best four games I’ve played in my career. as well as the idea was the only four games he got to watch me play.”
Those four games took place in 2000, 10 years after Rodriguez had last seen his father. He heard via him briefly in 1993, although the idea took several more years before they reconnected enough for Rodriguez’s father to attend one of his games. The former baseball superstar hit a home run for the Seattle Mariners, as well as pointed to his dad inside the stands.
“‘I’m going to put on a show for you, so you know, Dad, what you walked away via,'” Rodriguez recalled thinking. “Ever since he left me as well as my family, I always thought, I never want to do of which. I want to be a great father, a present father.”
These days, A-Rod is actually busy working as a sports commentator as well as guest shark on the 10th season of ABC’s Shark Tank, as well as he says being a not bad dad is actually still his No. 1 priority. “When I get home, I am the personal assistant to a 13 as well as a 10-year-old daughter,” he said that has a laugh.
“I’m a professional Uber driver to all their events as well as soccer practice as well as all of which,” he added. “as well as I’m focused on killing of which job.”
See more via ET’s interview with Rodriguez inside the video below.