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A-Rod: “Dallas Is One of the Great, Great Underrated Cities in the World”

Former baseball star keynotes St. Philip’s School event, launches five-year scholarship fund.
By Jordan Perez |
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Former Texas Ranger and New York Yankee Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez was in town recently for a St. Philip’s School fundraiser and on-stage conversation with Dallas Regional Chamber chief Dale Petroskey, who in a past life served as president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Photo courtesy St. Philip’s School

Rodriguez spoke candidly about past mistakes relating to performance-enhancing drugs and the importance of using failure as a learning experience. “I have a Ph.D. in failing and a Master’s in getting back up,” he said. Inspired by the school’s mission, he announced from the stage that he would fund a five-year St. Philip’s scholarship.

Following the presentation, Rodriguez gave an exclusive interview to D CEO.

D CEO: Welcome back to Dallas. What has you excited about being back here?
Alex Rodriguez: “Thanks. I’m excited about this incredible organization—St. Philip’s School, and what they’ve done here. It’s nice to come back specifically for this event. The school contacted my office and I got a really good feeling about it. I saw the folks who were involved and how passionate they are. It’s much more than a school … it’s a development ground.

St. Philips’ Board of Trustees Chair Kathy Hubbard, Alex Rodriguez, Dallas Regional Chamber CEO Dale Petroskey, St. Philips’ Headmaster and Executive Director Terry Flowers

D CEO: Why did you decide to get involved?
AR: “It’s about doing great things in the community, it’s about paying it forward. … And it’s truly about the people who are here. They live it, they breathe it, 24/7. It’s not work, it’s a mission and passion. I admire that.”

D CEO: What are some of your favorite things to do while you’re in Dallas?
AR: “I love Dallas. It’s an incredible place. The people … I forgot how much I appreciate the warm, Southern hospitality. The way people make you feel—you never want to leave. It’s just a remarkable place, and it’s truly one of the great, great underrated cities in the world.”

D CEO: What’s next for you?
AR: “Hopefully to continue to inspire kids, all over the country and all over the world. My mistakes have created a platform for me to go and talk with kids about some of things I’ve learned and, hopefully, the next generation won’t make similar mistakes. I’m also very proud of A-ROD Corp. We are growing at an incredible pace. We’ve invested in 15 to 20 companies and continue to expand into sports and wellness and media and entertainment.”

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