Push Comes to Pudge...
By Diane M. Byrne — July 2001
An active boater for about seven years, the Texas Rangers catcher has spent the past few cruising around Miami and Puerto Rico in speedboats, namely a 38 Cigarette and 47 Outer Limits. As much fun as they provide, he says, and as much as his eight-year-old son loves going fast, he and his wife Maribel wanted something larger. "I'm a family person," Rodriguez adds, explaining that he wants to spend more time cruising with his wife, son, and two daughters, ages five and one. So for the past three years, he and Maribel researched boats that met three important criteria: good value, stability, and abundant room to relax.
According to Rodriguez, the Uniesse 70 appealed on all those levels as well as a few more. The Global Yachts team took him to Italy to visit the shipyard and meet with the yard management, where he first drove a 70 and found that she handled well and was easy to dock. (While he's comfortable handling the yacht himself, Rodriguez has a captain who'll take over when it's family time.)
After delivery--conveniently coinciding with the much-anticipated postseason--Rodriguez plans on embarking on a 10-day cruise from south Florida to the Bahamas, then continuing on to Puerto Rico, where he'll entertain more family and friends.
That is, of course, unless he's detoured by a trip to the World Series...
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.