Jeter should have given fan big check for 3000th hit-Mushnick
Jeter should have said, "Don't be ridiculous. I'm writing you a personal check for $25,000 [or more], and I insist that you accept it and cash it. I will not take no for an answer. Here's why, Christian: Me, the Yankees and our exclusive stuff-pusher, Brandon Steiner, are selling everything attached to this 3,000-hit thing. Everything. From the on-deck circle mat to handfuls of Yankee Stadium dirt.
"Let's be honest. We're pigging out on this. So how would it look if I jammed all this dough-for-nothing in my pockets -- not that I need the money -- while I accepted the one truly valued item as a gift, accepted it from a ticket-buying fan, no less?
"So take this check, me to you, with my thanks. It's only right."
That's the shame attached to both Jeter's 3,000th hit and his carefully crafted, finely polished and assiduously protected image. He'll sell ya more than he'll tell ya. And Jeter's role in the Christian Lopez story just didn't pass the smell test.
Jeter's a terrific player; being the first to reach 3,000 hits only in a New York uniform is big. Still, while he's extra careful about what he says to guard his image, he'd sell you his pregame-used Q-Tips.
And that just doesn't fit all this Mr. Pinstripe Class propaganda. As reader Peter Pujols put it, why would such an extra image-protective star play the lead in "a memorabilia orgy?"
- Christian Lopez and Derek Jeter, reuters