American Way: Last year you saw the Yankees and Derek Jeter, your best friend in baseball, square off with your hometown Florida Marlins in the World Series. Did you have a rooting interest?
Rodriguez: I wasn't cheering for one team or the other. I was just happy that the World Series came to Miami. I think anytime you have an event of the magnitude of the World Series in your hometown it can only improve the city. It was just a great event that injected the community with a kind of youthful energy and pride. Obviously, it was great for the Marlins franchise as well.
American Way: As a hitter, you've got a lot of power on the diamond, but let's talk about driving the smaller white ball. What are your favorite golf courses?
Rodriguez: There are so many great courses in the Miami area. My favorites are Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables, and also La Gorce in Miami Beach [both of which are private courses].
American Way: After a long day on the links, is there a spa where you like to unwind?
Rodriguez: My wife really likes the Aqua Spa at The Delano, which is an Ian Schrager hotel in the heart of South Beach. Sometimes on Sundays we'll go there together to workout, have brunch, and lay out by the pool. It's a great way to spend the day. Very relaxing.