What is Derek Jeter Doing?
I’m at a loss for words about this whole Derek Jeter situation, and that’s actually a pretty rare occurrence. He still hasn’t signed a new contract with the Yankees. He’s shopping himself to other suitors. The potential outcomes of this decision range from horrible to gut wrenching.
Look, I can’t stand the Yankees. Maybe it’s because I’ve always loved the underdog (which means I always root for the losers). When the Yankees come to Kansas City to play the Royals I laugh at all the bandwagon fans with their new NY hats and jerseys, most with the tags still on them.
But there’s a big difference between the old Yankees and the new Yankees, and that includes their fans. I can respect the fans who grew up watching the old Yankees and root for them because of their storied past. I can’t appreciate the new fans who root for the team because they just bully the rest of baseball (probably another post someday).
Jeter, though, represents the ghosts of Yankees past. He plays the right way. He’s a likable guy, on a team full of players I can’t stand, if only because of the jersey they wear.
The Yankees front office originally called his bluff. They know no other team will offer anywhere close to the same amount of money. However it is speculated that yesterday they upped the offer by $2 million or $3 million above the original possibly added an extra year that could be tied to a vested option.
When/if Jeter signs with another team, even if it’s the Dodgers or god forbid, the Red Sox, every baseball fan on earth should shed a tear. Jeter is the Yankees.
Here’s my advice (because of all the experience I have dealing with multimillion dollar contracts in a small Iowa town of 1600 people): sign with the Yankees. Now. Take what they’re offering and be thankful they’re rewarding you as much as they are for all you’ve done for the organization and not basing their offer solely on last year’s performance. Then the rest of us can get back to what we do best…whining about how bad the Yankees always kick our asses. Jump over and grab some tickets at http://www.ticketsolutions.com and maybe your team can actually take them down!