A day before what is expected to be his final game, Alex Rodriguez used Throwback Thursday on Twitter to post a photo from his days at Westminster Christian in Miami.
ARod was the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Baseball Player of the Year in 1993 as a senior and then was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft by the Seattle Mariners.
Rodriguez attended Columbus High in Miami as a freshman before transferring to a private school.
As a junior, ARod hit .477 and his team went 33-2 and finished with the No. 1 ranking in the Super 25.
“By his junior year, I was predicting big-league success for him and first-round draft status before most people did,” legendary Westminster coach Rich Hofman told Sports Illustrated in 2010. Hofman was named the ALL-USA Baseball Coach of the Year in 1992.
As a senior at Westminster, he hit .505 with nine home runs, 36 RBI and 35 stolen bases on a 28-5 team as a constant barrage of scouts watched his every move.
“He didn’t have a huge power display, but his swing was so clean and looked good,” Hofman said.
In his three years, Westminster went 86-13-1.
According to the Associated Press, Hofman and Rodriguez remained close for years after ARod left high school but the relationship frayed when Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he had used PEDs while with the Texas Rangers.
Hofman has said he does not believe ARod used steroids in high school, despite Rodriguez putting on weight between the summer before his sophomore year when he arrived at Westminster and the winter of his junior year.