I have a friend who is as dedicated and diehard a Yankees fan as anyone can possibly be…like me, they go back to the 1970′s in terms of being a fan. And, this friend also has a very good connection with respect to having access to the mind-set of many in the Yankees clubhouse. (Don’t bother asking. I will never disclose the link.)
In any event, I was curious today as to my friend’s take on the news around Joe Torre’s new book. And, this is how our brief exchange went on that:
Me: So, what do you think?
Them: I’ve heard reports that said Torre called Cashman yesterday to say that most of the quotes were taken way out of context. I think Jeter is the ruination of the team. We all know A-Rod is insecure, Duh! And, Jeter should be flattered, not annoyed, by A-Rod – a much better player all around – and that he had any kind of obsession with him. I’m not happy about the book, in general. Airing dirty laundry isn’t cool. Never would I think Torre would be that way, so I’ll wait to read the book to make a judgment. I have to agree with him on the “prima-donna” front. Can’t blame Joe for his anger with the organization though…
Me: So, would you say that Jeter has to go to in order for the Yankees to do better?
Them: Sad as I am to say it, I guess I am…Jeter is the one who always says “It’s not the same team anymore”, pushing back reporters with rhetoric…when what he needs in order to excel is just that: coddling and a bunch of people for him to look up to because he is really not a natural born leader. And, to rip apart someone who has some issues…that’s no leader.
This all said, it leads to today’s wild thought: Is Derek Jeter the problem with the Yankees?
What do you think?