Alex Rodriguez has faced a whirlwind of controversy and animosity so far this spring, and many wondered how he would respond.
Normally perceived as a mentally weak player who performs at his lowest level when the moments are largest, A-Rod started off the spring as a fighter.
By crushing a Ricky Romero offering deep over the left-center field fence, he proved that he will not run and hide or fold under the adversity. Regardless of how the season manifests itself, A-Rod is ready to attempt to prove doubters wrong.
I apologize for the quality of the video footage, but spring training highlights are quite hard to come by:
By no means am I trying to say that Ricky Romero is Johan Santana, or that A-Rod is destined for his third Yankee MVP because of one meaningless spring training game.
What I am trying to get across is how important this game was for Rodriguez to begin to turn the page. The pressure was immense, and probably unprecedented for a game played in February.
While it may not be a reflection of what lies ahead for A-Rod or for the Yankees, it appears after opening day that the score is currently: A-Rod: 1 Pandora's Box: 0