Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (search) is proud to be in therapy, calling it "an incredible thing" that he helped him discover a different life.
Rodriguez told the television show "Extra" in an interview taped to air Wednesday that he was reluctant to go to therapy because "in many ways therapy is synonymous with a bad thing and why let the train wreck come before you fix it." But he credits his wife, Cynthia, for convincing him to go.
"I think it's a different life that I've discovered and I thank Cynthia for that ... because therapy is an incredible thing and you might get to know someone who you didn't even know was in there," he said.
Because it is so rare for an athlete to say he is seeking help, Rodriguez's comments made the front page of the Daily News on Wednesday.
Rodriguez donated $200,000 on Tuesday to the Children's Aid Society (search) to benefit mental health programs that work with young students in Manhattan. He has said in the past that he was deeply affected when his father left his family when he was 9.
Rodriguez hit two home runs Tuesday night in New York's 12-3 win over Detroit. He leads the majors in homers and RBIs.
When he first started seeking help, Rodriguez saw three different therapists. Now he goes to two, and believes all children would be helped with therapy.
"For those kids, if they can have that advantage at this point in their lives, I think it would behoove them," he said.
Rodriguez and his wife had their first child, Natasha Alexander, on Nov. 18.