A-Rod's first true love? Mex's Mets

Yanks? As if! Bombers star grew up idolizing Keith Hernandez and the Amazin's

Updated: June 22, 2012, 1:05 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

The apprehensive 13-year-old approached Keith Hernandez. Like any other kid meeting his idol, a "super nervous" feeling rushed though his body. Finally, with his courage up, the youngster addressed the player he had spent so many nights watching on TV.

"You are my favorite player," Alex Rodriguez recalled saying. "I hope to be drafted one day."

The funny thing about that chance meeting in 1988 is that Hernandez remembers it, too. Hernandez, the former MVP, was rehabbing a hamstring ...

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