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.