As a tried and true Boston Red Sox fan I want to go on the official record and say what the New York Yankees, particularly General Manager Brian Cashman and the Son of the Blowhard Hank Steinbrenner, are doing to Derek Jeter is totally blasphemous.
I will say this, Jeter's skills have and will deteriorate as will all ball players and maybe he isn't what he once was, but in the end the man is f'ing Derek Jeter. 1996 ROY, 11 times an All-Star, winner of 5 Gold Gloves and 4 Silver Slugger awards. He has won the Hank Aaron Award twice and the Roberto Clemente Award once. He has a career batting average of .314, which is 7th best among active players and 76th All-Time, he has 234 HR, 1135 RBI, has 152 HBP and 323 stolen bases. All that PLUS 5 World Series titles. Yea he's 36 and he didn't have a great year but for Christ Sakes he's Derek Jeter! He's going to the Hall of Fame and he should have a monument in center field.
Jeter is now a free agent and the Yankees have offered him 3 years for $45 million. In the real world that's great work if you can get it but for someone who is arguably the 5th Greatest Yankee behind Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle it isn't what he's truly worth as face of the franchise and in some cases the face of baseball the last 15 years. This is someone who the Yankees will trot out to every major event and old-timers day for the next 50 years; Jeter should mean more to them than the money. Some players mean more to their team than any other team. Case in point is Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek. Good catcher, calls a great game, works well with the pitchers but what he brings and brought to the team mean more to Boston than any other franchise. Same with Jeter.
What is truly blasphemous about all this, is the way the Yankee brass is going about this so publicly. Jeter's agent Casey Close made one innocuous comment about not understanding the teams stance and Cashman and Hank went off. Cashman basically told Jeter that's the offer if you think you can do better go find it and we will talk. he basically encouraged him to test the market. Steinbrenner said “As much as we want to keep everybody, we’ve already made these guys very, very rich, and I don’t feel we owe anybody anything monetarily. Some of these players are wealthier than their bosses.” They should be, especially Jeter.
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