Rodriguez currently seeks help from two therapists

NEW YORK -- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is proud to
be in therapy, calling it "an incredible thing" that he helped
him discover a different life.

Rodriguez told the television show "Extra" in an interview
taped to air Wednesday that he was reluctant to go to therapy
because "in many ways therapy is synonymous with a bad thing and
why let the train wreck come before you fix it." But he credits
his wife, Cynthia, for convincing him to go.

"I think it's a different life that I've discovered and I thank
Cynthia for that ... because therapy is an incredible thing and you
might get to know someone who you didn't even know was in there,"
he said.

Because it is so rare for an athlete to say he is seeking help,
Rodriguez's comments made the front page of the Daily News on

"I don't think kids need to feel like the oddball," he said
before Wednesday night's game against Detroit. "It's something
neglected very much. I just know it's a really good thing for
Rodriguez donated $200,000 on Tuesday to the Children's Aid
Society to benefit mental health programs that work with young
students in Manhattan.

"I would never just talk about it to talk about it. Because of
the children, it was easy," he said Wednesday.

Rodriguez has said in the past that he was deeply
affected when his father left his family when he was 9.

"I didn't have anyone to talk to, but I did have mentors and
coaches," he said.

Rodriguez said he'd been in therapy for 10-to-11 months.

"It's about life in general and managing life. Baseball is just
secondary," he said.

Rodriguez hit two home runs Tuesday night in New York's 12-3 win
over Detroit. He leads the majors in homers and RBIs.

"I think it's great," Torre said Wednesday. "We have put
ourselves as men in a position where you're supposed to be macho
and never be afraid of anything.

"I think you open yourself up to having people look at you a
different way, that even though you do have a super talent, there
are some things you have to deal with. It's not a storybook all the

When he first started seeking help, Rodriguez saw three
different therapists. Now he goes to two, and believes all children
would be helped with therapy.

"For those kids, if they can have that advantage at this point
in their lives, I think it would behoove them," he said.

Rodriguez and his wife had their first child, Natasha Alexander,
on Nov. 18.