• Touché, Derek, Touché!

    Posted by on November 10th, 2007 · Comments (4)

    From the Daily News

    Derek Jeter is resigned to the fact that Alex Rodriguez’s days as a Yankee seem over. And if so, he says the Bombers won’t necessarily miss him.

    Speaking at Joe Torre’s annual Safe At Home Foundation gala last night at Chelsea Piers, Jeter pointed out that the Yankees’ championship teams in the Torre era never had a 50-homer, 150-RBI player in the lineup.

    “There’s not many people in the game that do the things that he does,” Jeter said of Rodriguez, who opted out of the final three years of his contract, leading the Yanks to state that they will not try to work out a deal with him. “We’re trying to win, but it takes more than one person. We’ve had teams that have won and we haven’t had numbers like that put up, so you don’t necessarily have to have those type of numbers in order to win.”

    Well, it took close to seven years, but, Jeter has finally responded, with this quote (yesterday), to the remarks A-Rod made in an interview with Esquire Magazine, back in April 2001. Remember when Alex, there, said:

    “Jeter’s been blessed with great talent around him. He’s never had to lead. He can just go and play and have fun. And he hits second—that’s totally different than third and fourth in a lineup. You go into New York, you wanna stop Bernie and O’Neill. You never say, Don’t let Derek beat you. He’s never your concern.”

    File this one under “Quid Pro Quo.”

    Comments on Touché, Derek, Touché!

    1. brockdc
      November 10th, 2007 | 1:29 pm

      Nice one. Much better than the yawn-inducing stuff I’ve come to expect, such as:

      “He’s a great player; we wish him the best.”

    2. zgveritas
      November 10th, 2007 | 8:37 pm

      When I first read Jeter’s remark on Pet Abe’s site it didn’t seem to be a swipe at A-Rod.

      Still doesn’t. It appears like a simple observation that baseball is a team sport. I figured someone would try it to make a fuss out of it.

      There is no there there.

      If you want to make something out of nothing then consider it a swipe at Yankee management. After all they hired a 3B at such a staggering rate of pay that they didn’t have the money to use for a better quality bullpen for several years. After all it is a team sport.

    3. jonm
      November 10th, 2007 | 10:11 pm

      After all they hired a 3B at such a staggering rate of pay that they didn’t have the money to use for a better quality bullpen for several years.
      Now there’s a ridiculous comment. The Yankees have been paying what many other teams pay for closers for 2 or 3 guys for the last several years: Rivera, Gordon, Quantrill, Farnsworth, Myers, Villone, and Vizcaino.

      Bullpens are developed, not bought.

    4. brockdc
      November 10th, 2007 | 10:37 pm

      “Bullpens are developed, not bought.”

      I’d say for the most part, you’re right – but not always. Boston won it all in ’04 with few homegrown guys in their pen. Same for the “dynasty” Yankees, save for Mo Rivera.

      I agree that it’s more shrewd for a team to try and develop its own pen, though, being that FA bullpen arms tend to be both outrageously expensive and wildly unpredictable.

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