Alex Rodriguez Called ‘Reverse Sammy Sosa’ After Debuting Extreme Tan at NBA Game

Rodriguez’s tan is inspiring references to Sammy Sosa, ‘Tropic Thunder,’ and Black History Month.

Alex Rodriguez in a suit, sitting at a desk with a "Morning Joe" mug, smiling
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Alex Rodriguez in a suit, sitting at a desk with a "Morning Joe" mug, smiling

Alex Rodriguez's latest courtside appearance is making some social media users do a double take.

On Friday, Rodriguez, 48, and girlfriend Jaclyn Cordeiro, 45, sat at the Target Center in Minneapolis to watch the Milwaukee Bucks play against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former baseball player and businessman is no stranger to courtside appearances, but it's his appearance that is causing all the buzz.

A Rod, who is Dominican, showed up to Friday’s game looking significantly tanner than usual. The former Yankees star’s new look was noticed by social media users and people who caught the game at home. Check out some of the reactions below.

Alex Rodriguez tanning tf out himself lmao “give me the reverse Sammy Sosa” lookin ass boy

— Šmoo†h ▼₲0†¥ (@thegodbas) February 24, 2024
Twitter: @thegodbas

Alex Rodriguez did the opposite of what Sammy Sosa did #BlackHistoryMonth

— Nova (@BrotherNova) February 24, 2024
Twitter: @BrotherNova

There is no way this is a real shot of Alex Rodriguez. My TV has to be lying.

— Chase Snyder (@ChasingSnyder) February 24, 2024
Twitter: @ChasingSnyder

Got a light skinned friend look like Alex Rodriguez

Got a dark skinned friend look like Alex Rodriguez

— Jeff Johnson (@JeffJSays) February 24, 2024
Twitter: @JeffJSays

These shots of A-ROD are killing me

— CJ Fogler account may or may not be notable (@cjzero) February 24, 2024
Twitter: @cjzero

Alex Rodriguez sitting courtside at the Timberwolves game

— Ikeyo 🇳🇬 (@Ikeyo_) February 24, 2024
Twitter: @Ikeyo_

Rodriguez’s tan is drawing some “reverse” comparisons to retired MLB player, Sammy Sosa. The baseball superstar, who is also Dominican, has been infamously criticized for his alleged skin bleaching throughout the years.

Everyone is trying to figure out what's going on with Sammy Sosa's appearance

— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) July 13, 2017
Twitter: @ComplexSports

“It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin tone,” Sosa told Univision’s Primer Impacto in 2009, per ESPN. “It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but has bleached me some. I’m not a racist, I live my life happily.”

A Rod’s tan is likely the result of some sunbathing, based on a photo uploaded last week of him vacationing with his girlfriend Cordeiro in Mexico.

Sitting to Rodriguez’s right at the Timberwolves game was none other than Stephen A. Smith. Despite some early career criticism from the sportscaster towards Timberwolves center Karl Anthony-Towns, Smith appeared to fist bump KAT before the game to indicate there’s no ill will between them, per Essentially Sports.

Rodriguez and his business partner Marc Lore became majority owners of the Timberwolves late last year.

Hey Timberwolves fans @stephenasmith really pulled up to Minnesota to watch Anthony Edwards in person. Gotta show KAT’s pops some love as well when you in Target Center

— SneakerReporter (@SneakerReporter) February 24, 2024
Twitter: @SneakerReporter

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