From the AP:
Darryl Strawberry thinks the Yankees’ clubhouse is beset by bad chemistry that can be cured only one way: Derek Jeter needs to “embrace” Alex Rodriguez.
“They’ve got to come together,” Strawberry said Tuesday. “It’s time for them to mend their relationship and get back to, like, OK, let’s have some fun. We’re here in New York together. We’re on the greatest team that we possibly could play on. Let’s try to win instead of going separate ways. Because I remember them when they were young and they went to dinner together and they did everything together.”
His remarks about the Yankees’ chemistry were sparked by questions regarding the return of Andy Pettitte, who played with Strawberry on three of the Yankees’ World Series championship teams. Pettitte was in New York for a physical Tuesday, and his contract could be finalized Wednesday.
“Hopefully, it will rub off on the team, guys will get more supportive of each other,” Strawberry said. “I think the Yankees’ problem is that they just don’t support each other enough. I mean, back when I played in those years we were winning, we all supported each other, we all cared for each other. I think they need to get back to that, because the talent is there, but everybody seems like they’re going their separate ways.”
Strawberry said for Rodriguez to gain acceptance in the Yankees’ clubhouse, Jeter must take the lead.
“I hope Jeter would embrace him this year, in spring training, and bring him into the full circle as a part of the Yankee family,” Strawberry said. “If Jeter does it, I think everybody else will respond. I hope that works out for him, because once upon a time, they were best of friends and some things happened, which is life. And hopefully they will put those things behind them and hopefully they can come together.”
Strawberry said the pair must take it upon themselves to right the Yankees, who despite nine straight AL East titles have not won the World Series since 2000.
“Both of them are leaders and they need to come together as leaders and bring that Yankee team back up to par, because the last few years they’ve been nowhere in sight,” Strawberry said. “It’s not about just getting in the first round. When you have talent like that, it’s about winning.”
I was just about to say “Where was Strawberry when A-Rod won the MVP, in New York, during 2005 – without Jeter’s embrace?” Then, I remembered, on September 17, 2005, Strawberry had reported that his SUV was stolen from a Florida gas station. However, the station’s surveillance video nailed Strawberry leaving as a passenger in another vehicle.
The cops later were informed that Strawberry had earlier left his SUV behind a sports bar and gave the keys to a some woman.
For that, Straw was charged with filing a false police report.
I’m guessing that Darryl was so busy dealing with that whole thing that he must have missed it when A-Rod was busy, without the embrace of Jeter, putting the finishing touches on his MVP season for the Yankees.