• Jeter: I Support A-Rod & Whole Team Is Behind Him

    Posted by on February 3rd, 2009 · Comments (5)

    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.

    Comments on Jeter: I Support A-Rod & Whole Team Is Behind Him

    1. February 4th, 2009 | 1:56 am

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    3. jmeisner
      February 4th, 2009 | 3:50 am

      Can this A-Rod nonsense please stop. Please? I knew that this was going to be the downside of signing him for 10 years, I just knew it. It seems like there are going to be people talking about “A-Rod’s impact on club chemistry” forever, no matter what. People, it doesn’t matter. There is absolutely no reason to care about this. No Yankees hitter ever goes to the plate thinking, “Damn, I hate A-Rod, so I’m going to strike out.” No Yankees fielder ever has a ball coming at them while thinking, “Damn, I hate A-Rod, so I’m going to botch this routine play.” No Yankee pitcher makes a pitch thinking, “Damn, I hate A-Rod, so I’m going to really groove this one.” The fact that the players don’t like A-Rod is immaterial. It’s about as significant as you being slightly bothered by that guy Steve who works in your department at your crappy office job. Yeah, Steve is kind of a dick, but that’s not going to prevent you from getting that report done for your a-hole, credit-taking boss, is it? I mean, is it a rule that players on a baseball team all have to be best friends? Hell, it’s impossible. Think about it — if you were thrown in a room with 24 random other people, what are the odds that you’d get along with all of them? These personal differences are supposed to stay in the clubhouse, especially in New York, because if word about it gets out, it turns into this ridiculously over-the-top grand opera. I mean, my god, I haven’t seen this much drama since I accidentally watched a minute of Gossip Girl.

    4. thenewguy
      February 4th, 2009 | 10:06 am

      jmeisner, I hope it wasn’t a Freudian slip that you happened to use “Steve” as a “guy from work” when “Steve” also happens to run this blog.

    5. jmeisner
      February 4th, 2009 | 11:22 am

      LOL, I didn’t even realize that. I don’t think it was a Freudian slip… despite that I disagree with Steve a lot, I definitely appreciate what he does with this blog, and he’s certainly not a dick. For some reason, “Steve” is the name that my friends and I attribute to a lot of made-up characters.

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