While ESPN’s Amy Nelson ID’s Yuri Sucart as Alex Rodriguez’ infamous mule cousin, Newsday’s Anthony Rieber uses the occasion to remind us of the existence of A-Rod’s 2007 kiddie-lit debut, “Out Of The Ballpark”.   From CSTB, Feb. 5, 2007 :

Perhaps taking note of all the great things “Little T Learns To Share” did for Terrell Owens’ Q rating, Alex Rodriguez’ initial foray into the world of children’s fiction is hitting the pulping machine shelves soon, writes the New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand.

“Out of the Ballpark” follows a boy – appropriately named Alex – whose baseball team is playing in the playoffs. Alex, who is a second baseman, makes a key error in the game and begins to put extra pressure on himself. Only his play gets worse. Sound familiar?

Alex’s team, the Caribes, overcomes his play to reach the championship game. Alex works harder, waking up before sunrise to practice, throwing a ball against his bedroom wall 500 times a day. Without giving away the ending, let’s just say that the Yankees should hope that life imitates art come October.

Way to leave us hanging, Feinsand.  Does little Alex get a hug from the shortstop or not?