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Table of Contents
                            Cover Image
Title Page
Dedication Page
	Chapter One
	Chapter Two
	Chapter Three
	Chapter Four
	Chapter Five
	Chapter Six
	Chapter Seven
	Photographic Insert
	Chapter Eight
	Chapter Nine
	Chapter Ten
	Chapter Eleven
	Notes on Sources
	About the Author
	Also by Selena Roberts
	Copyright Notice
	About the Publisher
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Page 137

131The “B- 12” Code

the guy next to you is as big as a house and he’s going to take your
job and make the money.”

Most players trust few people outside their inner circle. And
Alex was no different. He spent most of his time with childhood
friends— such as Gui Socarras and Yuri Sucart— and his girlfriend,
Cynthia. Teammates say he purposely isolated himself because
he was using steroids. “He didn’t let people in,” says one former
Ranger. “He didn’t want anyone to know— especially Hicks.” In
the Rangers clubhouse, Alex mostly hung out with the same crew,
often speaking in Spanish with Palmeiro and Pudge. They would
talk baseball, family and, in more cryptic tones, doping. “They
didn’t say anything in the open— they weren’t telling the world or
anything,” says the former Ranger. “But when you hear ‘B- 12,’ you
hear it.”

A “B- 12 shot” was known as the code for an injection of ste-

Some nights during the 2001 season, scoreboards seemed as if they
would overheat from the barrage of hits and runs the Rangers put
on them. Of the league- high 246 homers the Rangers hit in 2001,
47 came off the bat of the 36- year- old Palmeiro and a stunning 52
were launched by the 26- year- old Alex Rodriguez. “I think Alex
is the kind of guy motivated not by the money but by putting up
the best numbers he can put up,” said Bill Haselman, his former
Rangers teammate. “I think he wants to be the home- run king of
all time.”

Alex joined Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Ralph
Kiner and Jimmie Foxx— all Hall of Famers— in hitting 50 home
runs at such a young age. “At times, I forget how young I am, be-
cause I’ve been playing for so long,” Alex said.

It might have only seemed so long because the Rangers were so
bad. All those hits didn’t translate into wins; the team had a league-

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132 A-Rod

worst 5.71 ERA and fi nished last in its division, with a 73–89 re-
cord. The Los Angeles Times said A- Rod “[played] out a season for
the ages in virtual obscurity.”

In the papers and on SportsCenter, he was also being buried by
Barry. In 2001, Bonds hit a single- season record 73 homers, break-
ing Mark McGwire’s mark set just three seasons earlier. Seattle’s
Ichiro Suzuki lit up Japan and America with his running swing,
which he used to lead the league with a .350 batting average.

Far from the national spotlight, Alex not only pounded balls
over the fence but also had a .318 average and 135 RBIs. It was one
of the greatest offensive seasons ever for a shortstop, and for what?
To fi nish 43 games behind his old team, the Seattle Mariners?

Just one year into his monumental 10- year deal, and the Rang-
ers were already looking like a mistake for A- Rod. Attendance was
sagging, and television ratings were plunging. Someone had to
take the fall: Hicks fi red General Manager Doug Melvin and hired
John Hart. “I think the landscape is littered with train wrecks that
have never made the postseason,” Hart said when he took the job,
“clubs that are in large markets and have fl oundered around and
never had a clear path. We are not going to become one of those
train wrecks.”

In October 2001, Hart was at the end of a successful 10- year run
as the respected and dashing general manager of the Cleveland In-
dians. Before the season began, he announced that it would be his
last with the team. Time for new blood.

The Indians gave him a nice send- off, winning the American
League Central title. Juan Gonzalez, two years removed from his
glory days in Texas, was in the midst of an astounding revival: He
hit .325 with 35 homers and a team- high 140 RB. He fi nished fi fth
in MVP balloting.

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