Yankee third baseman and superstar Alex Rodriquez (A-Rod) became an instant celebrity in 2001 when he signed the largest contract ever for a pro athlete, twenty five million per year for ten years, to play shortstop for the Texas Rangers. A-Rod) immediately felt the responsibility to live up to the gigantic contract. Some believe this pressure led to his use of anabolic steroids. Former teammate Bill Haselman said, “He felt it. He had the mentality of somebody trying to hit a three-run homer with nobody on base.”
When you feel the pressure to do the impossible, how do you respond? When expectations overwhelm you, where do you turn? When Peter faced the performance pressure while walking on the sea he cried out to the Lord, “Lord, save me!” When the Lord felt the pressure of the crucifixion in the garden, he cried out to the Father, “take this cup from me.”
--Sports Illustrated, May 11, 2009, p. 66. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
Psalm 121:1 (NASB95) I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?