This is slightly old news, but last week a story circulated about A-Rod saving a young boy’s life on Newbury Street in Boston, swooping in and moving him away from an oncoming truck. It seems that the story may have several holes in it (a truck going 45mph on Newbury Street, among others) – this thread on SoSH links to alternate threads on Royal Rooters (accessible to members only) and this thread at nyyfans.com shows that even Yankees fans have some skepticism about the story. Suffice it to say, it’s not clear whether A-Rod ever grabbed anyone out from in front of a truck (though if he did than kudos to the man) or whether this is all an attempt to rehabilitate an image of a player that is rapidly becoming quite pathetic. I had the luck of hearing the kid’s dad on Michael Kay’s show last week, and the guy was like a bad stand-up comedian, working Bill Buckner gags and weakly humored anti-Red Sox material into his tale of heroism. It seemed more like someone testing new comedic material than a grateful father telling a story of true heroism and had me wondering if it was all a tall tale.
As more "facts" come out, if they come out, we’ll keep you updated, but this story is starting to sound more and more like a very sad effort by a superstar to lift up his stature.