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|Kenny Rogers is facing intense scrutiny, and Larry Rodriguez is loving every minute of it!|
"According to the photos," Rodriguez cracks, "there was pine tar on the lens as well." Then they all chuckle. "I covered the [Monday night] Cowboy game," he says, "and if I had a nickel for every time somebody came up and said something about Kenny, I'd be a millionaire." When Rogers snatched Rodriguez's camera away in June 2005, he injured Rodriguez in the process. He had to go to the hospital, and, soon, there was a lawsuit. They recently reached a settlement. "We went to a mediation process, and it is over," Rodriguez says. "We're not allowed to discuss the numbers. But I'm still working for a living, if that gives you an idea." That means it's finished -- officially, at least. Rogers paid his fine, served his suspension and took some anger-management classes. He says it was an out-of-character act. He says he has grown up, which is good, given that he's 41. Now he's one of the stars of this postseason, approaching the scoreless innings streak of Christy Mathewson -- who, by all accounts, was one of the true nice guys in the history of the game. Sitting back in Dallas, Rodriguez can only shake his head. A year ago, Rogers was attacking people who were only doing their jobs. Today, he's a gritty, competitive veteran who persevered and all that. "Nothing surprises me anymore," Rodriguez says. Wright Thompson is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sound off to Page 2 here.