Valuables Stolen From A-Rod's Rental Car In San Francisco

Rep Insists Items Weren't Worth $500K, As Previously Reported

August 13, 2019 - 8:52 am
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A rental vehicle being used by ESPN baseball analyst and Yankees great Alex Rodriguez was broken into Sunday night, and A-Rod said several items of a personal and sentimental nature were stolen.

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The break-in happened while Rodriguez and other members of ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" crew were having dinner at a restaurant near Oracle Park after a game Rodriguez called between the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the items -- a bag, laptop, camera and pieces of jewelry -- were estimated to be worth a half-million dollars in value. However, a representative for A-Rod told TMZ Sports the “financial value of the items stolen from Alex Rodriguez’s vehicle while he was having dinner is being grossly exaggerated" and one source said the value of the stolen items is nowhere near $500,000.

“I am saddened that several items that were of a personal nature and irreplaceable with sentimental value were taken," Rodriguez said in a statement Monday. "I am encouraged that local law enforcement has security footage of the crime and are doing all they can to get the items back."

ESPN said it was working with local authorities. The items were stolen from an SUV that ESPN had rented for Rodriguez and the production crew.

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San Francisco police spokesman Adam Lobsinger said in an email the department's burglary unit is handling the investigation.

The city has dealt with a rash of car burglaries. According to police, there were 11,269 reports of break-ins -- an average of 62 per day -- in San Francisco during the first half of the year.

Rodriguez is in his second year with ESPN. He was not the only member of the network's crew to be involved in an incident over the weekend. Analyst Jessica Mendoza missed Sunday's game after being involved in a car crash on Friday near her home in Oregon. ESPN said Mendoza was not seriously injured and was recovering with her family and was expected back in the booth soon.

Rodriguez played 22 seasons in the major leagues and was a 14-time All-Star and three-time American League MVP. He spent 2004-16 with the Yankees, winning a World Series in 2009.

WFAN.com contributed to this report.