I get a lot of messages from young men under the age of 18 asking what they can do. My answer is this: Endure . When you're 18 you're free and you can do as you please. Until then you've got to do what mommy and daddy say. 18 will come before you know it, that's a guarantee. Until then just endure. Try and build yourself a business on the internet, try and build your body by going to the gym or exercising at home and count down the minutes to freedom. That's exactly what I did as a young man. Counted down the minutes, hours and days until I was free. It seemed like forever at the time, now it feels like it was the snap of a finger.
On February 15, 2004, the Rangers traded Rodriguez to the New York Yankees for second baseman Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later ( Joaquín Árias was sent to the Rangers on March 24). The Rangers also agreed to pay $67 million of the $179 million left on Rodriguez's contract. Rodriguez agreed to switch positions from shortstop to third base, paving the way for the trade, because the popular Derek Jeter was already entrenched at shortstop. Rodriguez also had to switch uniform numbers, from 3 to 13; he had worn 3 his entire career, but that number is retired by the Yankees in honor of Babe Ruth .