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Pressure on A-Rod will be intense in October

Criticism has followed Alex Rodriguez throughout his Yankee tenure. And the pressure on him to perform this October couldn't be any greater.

Originally Published: September 20, 2006
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

It was in January 2005 when George Steinbrenner opened the door to his Legends Field offices and invited Alex Rodriguez in for a chat. This wasn't a conversation as much as it was a job review -- actually it was a history lesson, and the Boss did all the talking.

After watching Rodriguez go 2-for-his-last 17 while the Yankees were losing four straight American League Championship Series games to the Red Sox, Steinbrenner told Rodriguez to be himself. Putting it even more bluntly, Steinbrenner ...

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