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Derek Jeter on his contract negotiations: “It was not an enjoyable experience”

Dec 7, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

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The Yankees had a press conference to officially announce Derek Jeter’s new contract today. Except it wasn’t here in Orlando where every Yankees official and the entire New York Yankees press corps happens to be. It was in Tampa, where Derek Jeter happens to live. Seems he wasn’t keene on coming here, so everyone had to schlep it down Interstate 4 to see The Captain.  Team player, you see.

The press conference was generally uneventful, but Jeter did have a couple of pointed words:

“The thing that probably bothered me the most was how public this became. … It was not an enjoyable experience. … I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t angry about how some of this went.”

He walked it back a bit after that, talking about how everyone is one big happy family, but it’s pretty clear he was annoyed.

Moshe Mandel of TYU has the best take I’ve seen on all of this, in which he says that Jeter and the Yankees should just view this all like an arbitration. People say stuff in an arbitration. Then it’s over.  Makes sense to me.

Well, maybe that’s the second best take. The best came from Twitter’s Old Hoss Radbourn:

Unlike D. Jeter, Hoss would never be angry if someone publicly announced they were going to overpay me.

Sometimes it takes the ghost of a 19th century pitcher/Union soldier/absinthe abuser to give us the best perspective on things, ya know?

  1. fredijgonzalez - Dec 7, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    99% of America, excluding Jon Heyman, to Derek Jeter: “It was not an enjoyable experience for us, either”.

  2. bigdogpappad - Dec 7, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Just as much as LOSING to Texas in the ALCS was not an enjoyable experience for us!

  3. Jonny 5 - Dec 7, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    I enjoyed it very, very much myself. I was upset it ended actually.

    Poor, poor Jeter. He’s just misunderstood.

  4. bigdogpappad - Dec 7, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Just as much as paying almost $1 million for every 10 percentage points in your batting average this year was not an enjoyable experience for us!

  5. mtner77 - Dec 7, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    I was moved to tears -tears I tell you- at the mere thought of how “shabbily” this great man has been treated. No it was definately “not an enjoyable experience for us!”

  6. paperlions - Dec 7, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    How lucky is Jeter that the Yankees don’t have a stud SS in AA or AAA? Would he remain this delusional/angry after being dumped for a younger, better player and signing a 2 yr $15M contract?

  7. mattraw - Dec 7, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    He’s got a point, you know. For all his faults on the field, the guy’s been a loyal, scandal-free company man for 15+ years. That doesn’t mean he deserves $100 million more dollars, but the Yankees could and should have done a better job keeping the negotiations out of the media.

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 7, 2010 at 6:19 PM

      And his agent did a bang-up job of that too.

  8. jfk69 - Dec 8, 2010 at 1:17 AM

    Jeter…Get real
    You wanted all those millions and privacy as well. Who the hell do you think you are?
    While the Steibrenners dole out the dough,we the fans pay for it. If you don’t like the reality of it…get a real job with the billions of other people who would gladly trade that privilege for the chance to play a childhood game and make millions for doing it.
    The press has handled you with kid gloves for your whole career as you have held the hammer. You are starting to remind me of Tiger Woods.
    As you get older and your skills diminish even more while you are being paid millions by the only baseball team insane enough to pay an aging superstar such as yourself that kind of money expect more days like your recent contract negotiation.
    If you can’t take this heat now, wait till next year when you make two errors and hit into a game ending double play while carding a 260 avg . It won’t be pretty.
    Go ask Arod how that feels and start getting used to it.

  9. truprof - Dec 8, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Gawd, I get so damned exasperated at these freakin’ primadonna athletes who think the world owes them. Hey Derek, the economy is in the tank, there’s 10% unemployment and you’re whining about this crap?!?!?!?!?! Take a hike, you crybaby SOB!

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