Feb. 17, 2004: Yankees introduce Alex Rodriguez

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One day after trading Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later for the biggest star and best player in baseball in Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees introduced their new third baseman at Yankee Stadium.

A-Rod, a shortstop then, agreed to play third base rather than supplant team captain Derek Jeter at shortstop.

Alex Rodriguez puts on a New York Yankees
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Alex Rodriguez puts on a New York Yankees jersey while Yankees manager Joe Torre holds a Yankees during a news conference at Yankee Stadium to introduced as the team's newest third baseman on Feb. 17, 2004.

Alex Rodriguez puts on a New York Yankees
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Alex Rodriguez puts on a New York Yankees jersey, with help from Derek Jeter, while Yankees manager Joe Torre holds a Yankees during a news conference at Yankee Stadium to introduced as the team's newest third baseman on Feb. 17, 2004.

Alex Rodriguez is introduced as the new third
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Alex Rodriguez is introduced as the new third baseman for the New York Yankees as manager Joe Torre puts a Yankees hat on him at a news conference on February 17, 2004 at Yankee Stadium.

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Alex Rodriguez is introduced as the new third
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Alex Rodriguez is introduced as the new third baseman for the New York Yankees as manager Joe Torre puts a Yankees hat on him at a news conference on February 17, 2004 at Yankee Stadium.

Alex Rodriguez tries on his new Yankees cap
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Alex Rodriguez tries on his new Yankees cap as manager Joe Torre, left, and shortstop Derek Jeter look on during A-Rod's introductory news conference at Yankee Stadium on Feb. 17, 2004.

Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter joke at a
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Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter joke at a press conference that announced Rodriguez as the newest New York Yankee on February 17, 2004 at Yankee Stadium.

From left, Yankees manager Joe Torre, new third
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From left, Yankees manager Joe Torre, new third baseman Alex Rodriguez and shortstop Derek Jeter pose for a photo at A-Rod's introductory news conference on Feb. 17, 2004, at Yankee Stadium.

From left, Yankees manager Joe Torre, new third
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From left, Yankees manager Joe Torre, new third baseman Alex Rodriguez and shortstop Derek Jeter pose for a photo at A-Rod's introductory news conference on Feb. 17, 2004, at Yankee Stadium.

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From left, Yankees manager Joe Torre, special advisor
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From left, Yankees manager Joe Torre, special advisor Reggie Jackson, new third baseman Alex Rodriguez and shortstop Derek Jeter pose for a photo at A-Rod's introductory news conference on Feb. 17, 2004, at Yankee Stadium.

Alex Rodriguez speaks at a news conference that
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Alex Rodriguez speaks at a news conference that introduced him as the newest New York Yankee on Feb. 17, 2004, at Yankee Stadium.

Alex Rodriguez speaks at a news conference that
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Alex Rodriguez speaks at a news conference that introduced him as the newest New York Yankee on Feb. 17, 2004, at Yankee Stadium.

Alex Rodriguez speaks at a news conference that
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Alex Rodriguez speaks at a news conference that introduced him as the newest New York Yankee on Feb. 17, 2004, at Yankee Stadium.

Alex Rodriguez tips his hat at a press
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Alex Rodriguez tips his hat at a press conference that announced Rodriguez as the newest New York Yankee on February 17, 2004 at Yankee Stadium.

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Alex Rodriguez and his wife, Cynthia, at a
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Alex Rodriguez and his wife, Cynthia, at a news conference that introduced him as the newest New York Yankee on Feb. 17, 2004, at Yankee Stadium.

Alex Rodriguez poses in Yankee Stadium the day
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Alex Rodriguez poses in Yankee Stadium the day he was introduced as the new third baseman of the New York Yankees on Feb. 17, 2004.

Alex Rodriguez poses in Yankee Stadium the day
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Alex Rodriguez poses in Yankee Stadium the day he was introduced as the new third baseman of the New York Yankees on Feb. 17, 2004.

Alex Rodriguez poses in Yankee Stadium the day
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Alex Rodriguez poses in Yankee Stadium the day he was introduced as the new third baseman of the New York Yankees on Feb. 17, 2004.

Alex Rodriguez poses in Yankee Stadium the day
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Alex Rodriguez poses in Yankee Stadium the day he was introduced as the new third baseman of the New York Yankees on Feb. 17, 2004.

Alex Rodriguez poses in Yankee Stadium the day
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Alex Rodriguez poses in Yankee Stadium the day he was introduced as the new third baseman of the New York Yankees on Feb. 17, 2004.

Alex Rodriguez laughs during a photo shoot in
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Alex Rodriguez laughs during a photo shoot in Yankee Stadium the day he was introduced as the new third baseman of the New York Yankees on Feb. 17, 2004.

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