Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How Does A-Rod Plan to Attack the Pressure and Negativity? He Comes Out Swinging

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

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