A signing to promote Alex Rodriguez’s picture book (illustrated by Frank Morrison), Out of the Ballpark (2007), wasn’t exactly a home run, according to Michael Morrissey of the New York Post (“A-Rod Troubles Are Open Book“):
Alex Rodriguez’s appearance at a signing for his children’s book was mishandled by his publicist and bookstore staff members, turning the ballyhooed event into a media circus that included a paparazzi member tossing A-Rod a ball to sign. At one point, a New York policeman grabbed a reporter for the crime of trying to interview the beleaguered superstar.
Part of the problem was that the reporters covering the event seemed to see it mostly as an opportunity to ask A-Rod about his future as a Yankee. Who could have imagined that? I’m shocked — shocked — that no one wanted to ask him questions more appropriate for a children’s author, such as, “Where do you get your ideas?”