Doesn’t an athlete always want to play on the biggest stage where the most eyes are on them? A stage where there are tons of records, championships and legacies to carry on. If that is the case then playing in New York has to be the place for that to happen! But New York isn’t for everyone. A lot of athletes are coming from small towns that are long away from the hustle and bustle of New York. Lots of these athletes have never been under the scrutiny of the New York media. Many of them are coddled and told how great they are. Well, in New York that doesn’t always happen.
Yes, New York is a big stage – maybe the biggest stage in sports for many reasons. But for every Derek Jeter, Mickey Mantle and Eli Manning, who could handle the big apple, there are plenty of AJ Burnett’s, Bobby Bonilla’s & Allan Houston’s who frankly can’t.
Ok your turn:
Time to build a list of athletes who…
- Not only made it in New York but excelled in the big city
- And of course, those who couldn’t handle the pressure of the Big Apple
I look forward to reading your comments.
PS – Let’s not forget the great Randy Johnson who almost got into a fight with a cameraman as he was walking the streets of New York the first week he was a Yankee!