Pressure to be immense

The impending Alex Rodriguez deal to the Yankees would take the fiercest rivalry in sports to a new level.

Originally Published: February 15, 2004
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

The Alex Rodriguez deal would jack up the pressure on the Yankees -- and the Red Sox -- in a way that probably has never been seen.

An executive who knows Rodriguez says the infielder has absolutely no idea what type of burden he will assume in New York. He's played in a small media market in Seattle, and when he went to Texas, the Rangers always were the story played below the newspaper fold, under the breaking story of the latest Cowboys long-snapper. If the Yankees win championships, ...

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