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Yankee Stadium is the Louvre, Jeter its Mona Lisa. Really, someone said that.

Dec 3, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

Derek Jeter triple

The return to calm and quiet PR-friendly negotiations between the Yankees and Derek Jeter is easily the worst thing to happen this week. Really, wasn’t life much more fun when they were slamming each other in the media? And then, in turn, causing those of us in column-and-blog land to say equally silly things?  Things like Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star said in his column this afternoon:

Yankee Stadium is an enormously successful sports museum. Derek Jeter is its Mona Lisa. The residual financial impact of Jeter on New York and the Yankees would make a pretty decent Ph.D. thesis. Let’s agree that his real-dollar value is greater than playoff games can tell … Cashman is a good guy and, better yet for the Yankees, an egoless pragmatist. But he’s already lost this fight. He lost it just by having the money.

At some reasonable point, the Yankees will vastly improve their current offer. It will be slightly less than Jeter’s opening gambit — six years, $150 million (U.S.). Then Jeter will do himself and the Yankees the favour of agreeing to lower his price because of his love for the pinstripes. Yankees fans will fall in love all over again — with the man and the club.

I’ll preface this by saying that Mr. Kelly’s picture shows him wearing large, heavy-framed glasses not unlike those frequently sported by irony-loving hipsters, so I guess there’s a chance that this is all sarcasm.  But assuming it’s not:

1) The Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911 and was gone for two years; the Louvre somehow survived;

2) Cashman hasn’t lost this fight;

3) The Yankees won’t vastly improve their offer; and

4) Even if they do, Jeter will not reject said vastly-improved offer.

Other than that, the column is all aces.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 3, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Were you really expecting a Pulitzer Prize article from a columnist at the Toronto Star about NY Yankee baseball!

  2. ramsbladdercup - Dec 3, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Interesting. Even though most of what this says is nonsense, the analogy is not too bad. For the sake of argument, if Yankee stadium was the Louvre, I think Jeter might be the Mona Lisa. It’s the most famous piece of art in the museum. But it’s probably not, statistically speaking, the best work of art in the place. And as you said, the Louvre survived not having it, but I’m sure people who went there expecting to see it were quite dissapointed that it wasn’t there.

    Plus there’s probably a joke about Jeter having about as much range as a painting, but I won’t go there.

    • Kevin S. - Dec 3, 2010 at 6:50 PM

      Jeter’s only the Mona Lisa if the only pieces of art are the players on the field.

  3. Adam - Dec 3, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    “It will be slightly less than Jeter’s opening gambit — six years, $150 million (U.S.).”

    That’s putting it nicely.

  4. paperlions - Dec 3, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Well, the Mona Lisa is about as good at going to its left as Jeter.

    • beatmyheat - Dec 4, 2010 at 6:34 AM

      Just FYI..From Barry Larkin’s Mouth. “Range is OVER RATED..a SS and 2nd baseman are only as good as their knowledge of the opposing batters and their own pitchers.” That comment was made in april. Jeter went on to win the gold glove this year,behind Andy,with whom he has won 4 world series with,and a very consistent CC Sebathia,who is as consistent a pitcher that there ever was. His consistent release point and locations praised by All. No coincidence that the start of the conversations of Jeters decline began when the Yankess had 20 pitchers making their debut due to injuries in 2007. Not a loss of range gentleman. Inconsistency of others.

      • Adam - Dec 4, 2010 at 11:02 PM

        So it’s not his fault that he can’t get to the ball, it’s the pitchers? I understand you pitch to your defense, but as a fielder you HAVE to be able to get to a ball that’s not hit exactly like your pitcher was trying to have him do.

        The year you’re citing as Jeter’s decline is 2007, correct? In that year a grand total of 14 pitchers made starts for the Yankees. Of those, only 9 made more than 2. 112 games were started by the guy you just sang the praise of (Pettitte), Chien-Ming Wang (in his 3rd year with the Yankees), Mike Mussina and Roger Clemens. So over 2/3 of the year were started by pitchers Jeter had played behind for years. There were an additional 25 starts between Hughes and Igawa.

        And were you trying to say that CC was consistent, because I was a little vague on that one?

        Finally, on another note, not being able to get to a ball that isn’t hit directly at you doesn’t equate to deserving a gold glove.

  5. adeymott - Dec 4, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    views from the UK

    The mona lisa is pure art

    Derek jeter is pure art

    As Girardi commented ” derek needs to be rested, but I cant rest him due because of the disabled list.”

    Girardi got his money so should Jeter.

    • Adam - Dec 4, 2010 at 11:03 PM


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