Highly-touted No. 1 prospect Jesus Montero made his major league debut for the Yankees on Sept. 1, but even before that he was one of the most popular subject for fans in the Bronx.
His name had been in the headlines before amongst trade rumors, most notably of the near-deal to the Mariners for Cliff Lee, but somehow he managed to stay put right down in the Yankees' minor league system. He clearly had a lot of pressure on him when he finally got the call, as expectations were high.
So, I was thinking, with the rich history of the Yankees, there must have been other players who were brought up, or traded for, or signed who had what must of felt like the weight of the world on their shoulders.
After all, Hall-of-Famers have to be replaced eventually, and usually the Yankees do all they can to try to make those transitions as seamless as possible.
When I think of the players with even bigger expectations than the others, 10 players come to mind. These 10 guys were tasked with replacing all-time greats or carrying a team in desperate need of some help.