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The sad truth about Alex Rodriguez

Losing $25 million won't faze him; it's losing his connection to baseball that hurts

Updated: January 12, 2014, 5:51 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

Alex Rodriguez is a chronic liar, an admitted PED user and a celebrity whose love of money, records and fame is exceeded only by his paradoxical lack of self-confidence and the pathological behaviors it inspired.

But of all the things Rodriguez lost Saturday when an arbitrator suspended the New York Yankees' 38-year-old third baseman for the 2014 season, what will level A-Rod the most is this: He won't have the simple right to jog out every day from March to October and play the game.

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