Yesterday, the New York press corps had to travel 85 miles from the Orlando Winter Meetings to Tampa, because Derek Diva refused to leave his winter hometown to meet the media. Of course, you won't see anybody in the press complain about this. They don't want to be frozen out by the King of All Grudges.
It astonishes me how some fans still say how classy Jeter is. Unless you take off the first two letters of the word, "class" is not the word that comes to mind with the way he's acted this year. And all the anger and bile he showed to the media yesterday wasn't classy, either. If it's now all really "one big happy family," Derek, then why couldn't you say that phrase without a sarcastic tone and a smirk on your face?
Let's review what the captain said at the presser:
“It all started with my (reported) salary demands, which still cracks me up,” he said. “What position am I in to demand a salary? Give me this, or what? Where am I going?”
How perfectly disingenuous. Does he really expect us to believe that he and his agent never said what they wanted? Puh-lease. And who was it who leaked that salary information to the press? Bill Madden said it came from the Jeter/Close camp.
Besides, if he's in no position to demand a salary, then why didn't he just sign the Yankees' initial offer and be done with it?
"I want to play as long as I'm having fun, and I'm having fun now," Jeter said. "If I'm not enjoying myself, then I won't be playing."
Gee, that's nice. How about Jeter wanting to play as long as he can help the Yankees win? Remember that whole team-first thing he was supposed to be all about?
You know who this reminds me of? It's a name on the tip of my tongue....
"I feel as though I’m in the middle of [my career]," Jeter said.It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Brett Favre the Second! Good grief.
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One other note: three years ago, when A-Rod re-signed with the Yankees, the press conference was done very low-key, via a conference call. Nobody remembers what was said, as the presser had the unfortunate timing of taking place the day the Mitchell Report was released.
This time around, Jeter made sure he was the star, with the Yankee front office and the media traveling across Florida to pay their respects. My only surprise about this Derek Diva act that he didn't demand signing bonus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh!
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