Life has settled down for Rodriguez, who will make $5 million this year after losing his arbitration request for $7 million. Last week his wife, Luz, gave birth to their second child, Amanda. The boy from Santiago Rodríguez, though, remains close to his past. This off-season Rodriguez went to Bonao, to visit and work with the coach who gave him a chance. And he still talks to Cabreja, who is now a student in the Dominican. "I wish things could have been different, that I could just be myself for those years and still be in the major leagues," says Rodriguez. "I didn't want to lie. But I think I had to." He adds, "And everything has worked out O.K."