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Quote of the Day: Why you HAVE to pay Jeter crazy money and give him more than three years

Nov 30, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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I don’t believe that, obviously, but some people still do. The latest: Tim Dahlberg of the Associated Press:

But they do have to sign him. And they will have to give him more than three years. Assuming things don’t get too acrimonious between employee and employer, it will be money well spent. Jeter is the face of the Yankees this generation, just as Reggie Jackson was before him and Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra were before that.

Psst! Tim! Two of those three players ended their careers with teams other than the Yankees!

But that’s OK. We’ll give Dahlberg a pass because it’s not like he has said a lot of silly things before. Well, except that one time. And that other time.  And yeah, he goes out of his way in today’s Derek Jeter piece to go after A-Rod, calling him “supposedly steroid-free.”  But otherwise he’s right on it, jack.

  1. jkay123 - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    You need to relax with this jeter stuff already.

    • Panda Claus - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:28 PM

      This Dahlberg comment was so over the top and sappy that it couldn’t be ignored.

      Besides, Craig is probably just ferklempt. Here’s a topic, “mediocrity at the shortstop position”. Discuss.

    • BC - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:34 PM

      Yeah really, Craig. How about some Francoeur-bashing instead? It’s been a little while….

  2. thinman61 - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    The Yankees need to offer Jeter more than 3 years because… if they don’t, he’ll go to one of those other teams dangling 4 or 5 year deals??

    • uyf1950 - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:36 PM

      …and those would be what teams?

      • thinman61 - Nov 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM


  3. Charles Gates - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Can’t we just forget about Jeter in NY and put Montero (same range, offensive upgrade) in at short stop? The only person at this point that Yankee fans would accept as being a suitable replacement for The Captain is, well, Jesus.

  4. BC - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Dear Derek,
    I will offer you…..100 billion dollars!!!!
    Dr. Evil

  5. uyf1950 - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    This is getting really tiresome. Let both factions the Yankees and Jeter put their final offer/demands on the table. If they can’t live with one or the other, turn out the lights the parties over. If Jeters going to sign let him sign if not let him move on, and that applies to the Yankees as well. Time to get on to other business as one other poster commented on another Jeter topic. The Yankees need to do something about their pitching (Lee and bullpen help), and they need to do something about the catching spot. I hate to say it as a Yankee fan but these are more important to the long term success of the Yankees then haggling over signing a 36 or 37 year old shortstop to a long term contract. Even if that shortstop is Derek Jeter.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:51 PM

      Who would get custody of Minka in the divorce?

      • uyf1950 - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:54 PM


      • Utley's Hair - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:58 PM

        Yikes!! Well…they say you schtup everybody your partner has schtupped before you, so…Minka and Kate Hudson…? Hmmm….

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 30, 2010 at 1:01 PM

        Yeah right, He got “cooties” from Madonna. Or was it the “itchy scratchies”??? Either way, Minka is too good for any of ’em!

      • Utley's Hair - Nov 30, 2010 at 1:12 PM

        Kaball-itis can be deadly.

  6. yankeesfanlen - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    If you re-arrange the letters in Tim Dahlberg’s name, you get Mike Lupica……well, you don’t but might as well. ARod bashing, Jeter loving nonsense. Maybe it comes out Cardinal Cushing or something.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 30, 2010 at 1:42 PM

      Dim Thelgrab

  7. metalhead65 - Nov 30, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    are things realy this slow in baseball that you have constantly bombard us with your anti-jeter rants?you obviously have a persnal agenda against the guy who is doing what every free agent does and that is try get as much as possible and since this will be his last contract who can blame the guy?and again please spare me all your stats real and made up ones. we get it he had an off year and is getting older so what?while the yankees would continue to win without him he is still like it or not the face of the does not mean anything to you we get that but he does to the fans of that franchise and to the city of ny. now that doesn’t mean they have to pay him but it also does not mean you have to write a column about how he does not deserve it every 5 min. and point out all his flaws as a player.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Nov 30, 2010 at 1:21 PM

      Jeter sucks as bad as your grammar. Neither he nor you should be paid whatever it is either of you are asking for…

  8. Walk - Nov 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    A slow news day produces multiple jeter stories. Depending on who you support it will be either bashing or praise. Honestly if i was a spots writer i would have three or four small pieces on whoever the most divisive free agent is ready to go in the hot stove season just start a discussion on a slow day.

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