Former Oriole Aubrey Huff once famously dissed Baltimore as a town with little action, but Yankee 3B Alex Rodriguez has contradicted such claims ; there’s plenty to do in Charm City. For instance, you can visit a local high school and tell the kids to stay away from PED’s, as Rodriguez did yesterday before an assembly at Millford Mill Academy, according to the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly and Arin Gencer :
“I am here today simply because I made a mistake,” Rodriguez said, according to a transcript provided by St. Joseph Medical Center’s Powered By Me! “Now, how many of you here have made a mistake? Well, I’m here because I made a mistake, and one of my missions in life is to turn a negative into a positive.
“And to actually tell the truth, it feels pretty darn good and liberating. It is very important to me professionally and spiritually. At the end of the day when we look into the mirror, we learn from our mistakes, it’s something we should feel proud of and become a better version of ourselves.”
Rodriguez, according to Powered By Me!, opened his remarks with the following: “As a kid, my favorite player was Cal Ripken Jr. Has anyone here heard of him?”
His opening line followed a “hush” from the crowd when Rodriguez’s name was announced, according to athletic director Joseph A. Sargent.
“It was kind of a surprise,” said senior LaTasha Dunston, 17, who plays volleyball and basketball, and runs track and field. “You wouldn’t expect for him to be as humble about the situation. … It was good because not only is he a really good role model, he’s a good role model that messed up and is willing to turn around.”