Thursday, February 25, 2010
Jeter OK With Having To Wait To Negotiate New Deal (SHOCKER!!!)
So everybody is jumping on Jeter's press conference from yesterday and talking about what he said, but here are the only quotes that matter:
Jeter: “I’ve said from Day One, this is the only organization I’ve ever wanted to play for, and that’s still true today."
Jeter: "I was a Yankees fan growing up. This is where I want to be. I’ve never envisioned myself playing anywhere else..."
Jeter: “It’s unfair to talk about myself when we are trying to win."
Cash: “He is priceless for the fans, we know that."
It's real simple, folks. Jeter isn't going anywhere. All the quotes above get back to what I said a few weeks ago. Both sides recognize how important they are to each other and both know how they will be viewed by the fans and media if a deal doesn't get done.
ESPN can try to create all the controversy they want by having George Smith report on Jeter's statements and talk about the "silence" coming from the Yankees, but this is nothing new. The Yankees have had the "no negotiating extensions before a contract expires" policy since 1998. That's not going to change for even Jeter; he knows it, Cash knows it, everybody else should know it and shut up about it. At the end of the day Jeet is going to get his money, but he's going to get it at the end of the year when his contract is up per Yankee SOP. Being the ultimate team player and consummate professional that he is, Jeter is perfectly fine with that situation and so everybody else should be fine with it too.