Alex Rodriguez lived out a personal dream on Thursday.
The former baseball star was chosen as the commencement speaker for the University of Miami’s graduation.
A-Rod, who grew up in Miami, was a three-time AL MVP that hit 696 home runs during his MLB career.
Rodriguez signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the Hurricanes and was also recruited by the university to play quarterback for the football team.
However, Rodriguez turned down the Canes’ baseball scholarship and instead signed with Seattle Mariners after being picked in the first round of the 1993 amateur draft as a 17-year-old.
After a $3.9 million contribution by A-Rod, the Canes’ baseball stadium was renovated from 2007-2009 and renamed Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
The magnitude of Thursday’s moment was not lost on Rodriguez, who playfully decided to snap a selfie as evidence of his appearance for his daughter.
— Tim Ryan (@TheSportsHernia) December 14, 2017
Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season with the New York Yankees due to his previous use of performance enhancing substances.
With that mistake now in the past, Rodriguez’s message to the graduates was to learn from your failures and rise above them.
"You don't have to be remembered by those mistakes. How you come back from them matters, too . . . Swing for the fences. Go Canes." -Alex Rodriguez pic.twitter.com/rf9TdznT17
— Alex Schwartz (@AlexJSchwartz) December 14, 2017
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