Via the Daily News -
In the glow of Derek Jeter’s resurgence over the last season-and-a-half and the frenetic rush of a surprise pennant race between the Yankees and Orioles, it’s easy to forget the cold free agent winter of 2010-11.
That’s when the baseball business was laid bare in a staredown between the team’s brass and one of its Mount Rushmore-esque legends, Jeter. He was always destined to be a Yankee-for-life, wasn’t he?
Only when Jeter was a free agent, it turned out it wasn’t so easy. It’s a business, the Yankees reminded him, multiple times. You haven’t played great lately, either.
So who is surprised now when Jeter sits in the dugout at Yankee Stadium, as he authors another superstar season, with ESPN’s Rick Reilly and serves the Yanks a taste of their own business theory.
As part of a 15-minute powwow last Friday before the Rays series, Reilly asked: “Peyton Manning changed teams this season after 14 seasons with one team. Could you see yourself doing that?”
“Well, if I wanted to keep playing, yes,” Jeter replied. “It’s a business. People forget that.”
If it happens, man, will that be a strange sight…