“That doesn’t give you an excuse to break the rules. And I made a mistake and I paid a penalty,” he said. “And then the hardest thing I had to do, I had to admit to Natasha and Ella the mistakes that I made, my daughters. And I needed [ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis] to be part of that. I told Cynthia, ‘When I sit down with the girls, they’re gonna be listening to me, but they’re gonna be looking at you, and chances are I’m not gonna make it past first base because I’m gonna start breaking down.’ And sure enough, I almost didn’t get out of home plate.
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 . This was only the second time in MLB history that a reigning MVP was sold or traded, with the first coming in 1914 when Eddie Collins was sold to the Chicago White Sox from the Philadelphia Athletics . 
I hit a snag, Yasmani. It happens. I was talking to the Biogenesis guy and I was like, hey, I've got this superfriends-type club with people who are linked to you, do you think I could get a list of names? It would really help increase our membership. And then he was like, sure thing, and I'm thinking to myself, awesome, this is going to be the best club ever. But then he was like, I'll give you the list, but you have to pay me one million dollars, so I was like, whoa, buddy, I'm devoted to our new club, but I'm not paying one million dollars.