Via Dave Buscema:
He is the captain, the owner of four World Series rings, a serial dater of women as stunning as they are famous, and now Derek Jeter is one more thing for the Yankees.
OK, that thought mostly comes after only one man, of course.
The one who suddenly has more of a guarantee of being here than Jeter, thanks to a 10-year contract and more money than Jeter will ever earn on the field. And it’s also a testament to Jeter’s unflappable personality as much as it is Alex Rodriguez’s talent for wild numbers and wilder headlines.
Still, it’s intriguing to note that, four years after Alex Rodriguez signed and George Steinbrenner told a reporter Jeter had to adjust to his role as Lou Gehrig to A-Rod’s Babe Ruth, the scenario has come true.
Suddenly, Jeter isn’t in as much control of his environment as he used to be.
He still will command everyone’s respect because, well, he deserves it.
But look around the clubhouse and see the players who aren’t necessarily seeking the captain out above all others.
At Joba Chamberlain’s locker, the Yankees’ hottest prospect looked crestfallen when his best buddy Jason Giambi left him hanging on a fist pound.
At the lockers of Robinson Cano or Melky Cabrera, you would find the pair lavishing praise on A-Rod before anyone else.
Of course, as always has been the case, Jeter adapts rather easily, so he’s as comfortable and unthreatened as ever.
When asked about A-Rod having a longer contract than him the other day, Jeter grinned.
“He owes me money because he said he wasn’t gonna play that long,” Jeter said. “He owes me money, so I feel good about that.”
Personally, I’ve been saying, since Alex signed his new contract, that A-Rod is now the face of the Yankees franchise – albeit a good or bad thing.
For Jeter, well, I guess that’s what they have sidecars for, right?