Via S.I.’s For The Record blog -
SI.com’s Jimmy Traina caught up with Derek Jeter on Tuesday for an interview that will run in Wednesday’s edition of Hot Clicks.
With the release of the new book The Yankee Years — which was co-authored by former Yankee manager Joe Torre and Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci — much has been made of Alex Rodriguez’s locker room reputation. Jeter, who told SI.com he has not read the book, had this to say about his current relationship with A-Rod:
“I’m just curious as to why people keep asking the same questions over and over. We’ve been down this road before. Alex is a teammate. I support him. Our whole team is behind him. We all support him. And we’re looking forward to a new season. To be quite honest with you, it’s old hearing the same questions. It’s something that’s been addressed before in the past. Everyone’s moved beyond it. And it doesn’t really need to be addressed again.”
…Our whole team is behind him…
Well, of course you’re behind him. Frosted tips and purple lip gloss aside, Alex is still a pretty big dude. So, if you’re going to make fun of him, it’s best to do while standing behind him where he can’t see it…
And, yes, I’m just kidding here.
On a serious note, Derek can wish all he wants that this “doesn’t really need to be addressed again,” but, it ain’t gonna happen…at least not for a good while.
This is what life in Yankeeland is about these days. It’s Peyton Place meets The Bad News Bears.