Alex Rodriguez began his Fox television career Sunday by breaking a Fox television.
The Yankees' designated hitter appeared on "Fox NFL Sunday" to be introduced as a studio analyst for the rest of the ALCS and World Series, and the former high school quarterback attempted a pass to Fox reporter Jay Glazer.
A-Rod overthrew him, and the ball broke a panel in a video board at Fox's Los Angeles studios. Analyst Michael Strahan, a close friend of Glazer's, joked that it would have helped to have a less diminutive target.
"Alex, you know that comes out of your check at Fox, right?" host Curt Menefee joked.
Rodriguez will join another notorious baseball rules-breaker among Fox's analysts, Pete Rose. But A-Rod's situation is different because he still is an active player, one who might want to dabble in TV when he retires.
A-Rod's debut will come in-studio on Fox Sports 1's pregame and postgame shows for Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday night. Rodriguez will be on-site at the World Series.
"Alex has always impressed us from afar with his ability to articulate the game extraordinarily well," Fox Sports president of production John Entz said in a news release. "In meeting with him, it was obvious he has strong recall when it comes to information, a great familiarity with the remaining teams in the field and we have no doubt that he'll be an excellent fit with our guys."
Said Rodriguez: "When I'm not playing baseball, I'm either talking baseball or watching baseball, and I love watching the guys on Fox cover the biggest games in our sport."