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.”