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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Media guys desperate to help their darling Arod---NY Times pounces on Jeter

  • Tyler Kepner, an evident sycophant & one of the army of media angels ever on Arod's shoulder, is practically on the verge of tears trying to pound something out of Jeter on the subject of his Roddiness:
"Jeter was asked about it Wednesday. Jeter said he expected Rodriguez to be back, but he did not have any ideas on how he could make life easier for his teammate. Jeter, the Yankees captain, has been criticized for his seemingly lukewarm support of Rodriguez. (By whom, Tyler? Your creation. sm)
  • "What would you like me to do?" Jeter said. "“You're there and you support him. Everybody supports all your teammates at all times. I don't really know if there's anything else I can do. Maybe I'm not that smart; maybe you can help me out."

Jeter said he had spoken to Rodriguez since the season ended. "Briefly," he added,— and he said he saw no reason that Torre and Rodriguez would have to clear the air. Torre batted Rodriguez eighth in the Yankees final playoff game; Rodriguez had not hit that low in more than 10 years.

  • "Clear what air?" Jeter said. "I don't have anything to do with that. From what I've heard, I haven't heard there's any air that needed to be cleared. I'm not speaking on his behalf or Mr. T's behalf, but that's not something I'’ve heard."

Jeter also disputed the notion that there was tension in the Yankees’ clubhouse, saying that members of the news media were not around enough to make that judgment. As for the pressure on Torre, who enters the last year of his contract, Jeter said it would be a nonissue.

"In New York, it doesn't make a difference if you have a contract or not," Jeter said. "There are expectations every season. I don't think because it's the last year of his deal, the focus is going to be any more on that. It's always on us to win."

This year, of course, the Yankees did not win enough. But Jeter's standout season brought him here anyway, sharing a stage with the National League winner, Ryan Howard of the Phillies, and with Aaron. " From Tyler Kepner's NY Times article, 10/26/06

  • Again, Arod's problem is he hired Scott Boras who made a bad deal for him. It has collapsed as bad deals do. Why should this bad deal get special dispensation? If you think he's just a column of stats, well, we all know how to manipulate stats so thanks anyhow. How about this: the media guys are the ones making the situation worse than it is. Not that I'd expect any of you to be honest about that.

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