• Where’s Derek?

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2007 · Comments (5)

    From People Mag this past Saturday –

    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter may be taking a well-timed vacation from the New York tabloid headlines about his departing manager Joe Torre.

    The superstar, normally a club fixture on the East Coast, has been taking L.A. by storm – hitting the Hollywood hot spots two nights in a row. On Thursday, as Torre was turning down Yankees owner George Steinbrenner’s one-year contract offer, Jeter stepped out at the new lounge Green Door in Hollywood with a bunch of pals.

    Then Friday, Jeter was at it again, surrounded by a bevy of beauties at Les Deux in Hollywood. Along with a guy friend and the club promoter, Jeter took over a massive outdoor table in the club’s patio area and it wasn’t long before the table was completely surrounded with women. A clubgoer tells PEOPLE, “Jeter just enjoyed the attention with his buddy and left in peace at closing time.”

    It is amazing that no one in the press has been able to get a quote from Jeter on Torre since the news broke that Joe was not coming back. It’s like Derek has a magic shield or something.

    Comments on Where’s Derek?

    1. MJ
      October 23rd, 2007 | 10:27 am

      The superstar…has been taking L.A. by storm – hitting the Hollywood hot spots two nights in a row.
      That cracks me up. As if going out two nights in a row is a big deal and taking L.A. by storm. Jeez, talk about hyperbole.

      Phil Mushnick of the NYPost would have a coronary if he read this article.

    2. #15
      October 23rd, 2007 | 11:55 am

      Can’t get a quote if someone, smartly, won’t give you one. With all the hyperbole around the whole situation, some silence is a welcome relief. Anything Jete’s has to say can come later. When he does, he’s too smart to throw lighter fluid on the flames. He’ll give the pat answers to the pat questions. Talk nicely about all parties, about how this is a business, blah, blah, blah…and smile and nod as he walks away from the reporter. Nothing can be gained by publicly taking “a side” in this other than offending one or both parties. If he wanted Joe to return, he can’t change that with comments in the press. If he’s happy to see Joe go….never speak ill of the dead. If he’s inclined to say something, do it in a private phone call. You know he was close to Torre, but at the end of the day, despite the tabloids desire to whip up a story and have stuff to write about, Joe walked away from the Yankees, and nothing Jeter says in public will change that.

    3. baileywalk
      October 23rd, 2007 | 6:06 pm

      I’m sure you guys saw this already, but Jeter released a statement:

      “Out of my great respect for Mr. Torre, I have refrained from comment until he had a chance to address the public.

      In my eyes, Joe Torre is more than a Hall of Fame manager. He is a friend for life, and the relationship we have shared has helped shape me in ways that transcend the game of baseball. His class, dignity, and the way he respected those around him –- from ballplayers to batboys –- are all qualities that are easy to admire, but difficult to duplicate.

      I have known Mr. Torre for a good majority of my adult life, and there has been no bigger influence on my professional development. It was a privilege to play for him on the field, and an honor to learn from him off the field.”

      Nothing spectacular, and though it’s just typical thanks-for-the-good-times, no-rocking-the-boat Jeter-speak, I believe he probably does feel this way.

    4. redbug
      October 23rd, 2007 | 6:32 pm

      I’ve been wondering where he’s been in all this. If he really loved Joe, I would’ve thought he’s start w/ “While I’m disappointed the Yankees didn’t do all they could to keep Joe Torre…”.

      I’m disappointed.

    5. butchie22
      October 24th, 2007 | 9:56 am

      Remember Manny on the Duckboat in 2004?If the Sox win in 2007 what will Manram’s fan written sign say now?Jeter’s statement is too much,too late.I’ve been a big fan of Jeter’s play,but I believe his public persona is overrated and phony.Jeter’s lack of presence regarding the Torre is illustrative of that.Where is the great politically correct captain,out galavanting with the ladies.When,he is ready to speak he makes a somewhat nice Pro-Torre statement that rankles no feathers.One day,I would love to see how Jeter really felt when the geniuses called the Yankees brain trust didn’t “retain” Andy Pettitte’s services in 2004.Maybe one day we’ll learn his real thoughts, maybe one day………..

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