This is a pretty interesting article about A-Rod and his current season. I personally have great respect for A-Rod, whom I consider to be perhaps the most talented ballplayer on the field today...but I don't know that the public will ever have a handle on him as a ballplayer or a person. I certainly have never been able to remotely figure him out, and while this article doesn't go deeply in-depth (I don't know that any article can), it tries, and it's an interesting read. If nothing else it's a small piece of a picture of a clubhouse dynamic, with somewhat surprising tidbits from Giambi, Rivera (not so surprising, but good), and Reggie Jackson. A-Rod himself is more candid than I've heard him in a lot of places before.
Yankees fandom aside, I hope for his sake that his career lives up to his talent. I do think it would be a shame if he never got a ring, if he crumbled under pressure at a lot of key moments...but I don't really expect that to happen either. He's young and I fully expect him not only to have a great career, but to finish with some truly great moments as well -- not just stats, but moments.
PS Thanks for jinxing the Yankees, SI. Nincompoops.