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Your obligatory “Derek Jeter would never do that” jive

Jun 26, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

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Was waiting for this. Bob Klapisch — a man who never disappoints when it comes to the A-Rod/Jeter silliness — weighs in on L’affaire STFU:

The fact alone that Rodriguez is on Twitter is irritating to the club. Put it this way: Derek Jeter would never end up on Twitter, talking about himself. The captain, in fact, is so self-contained he blew off Michael Kay’s request to spend an inning in the YES broadcast booth Sunday.

Jeter, who was at the Stadium over the weekend before returning to Tampa, politely told Kay the booth was for retired players only. It’s as if Jeter was saying: Real Yankees, at least the ones lucky enough to still be on the field, keep it to themselves.

Thought experiment: A-Rod blows off Michael Kay’s request and Jeter offers public statements about how he’s rip-roarin’ and ready to play baseball, even if the team hadn’t cleared him yet. What’s the reaction?

Why do I feel like, in that instance, A-Rod would still be the selfish villan and Jeter the uber-competitor?

  1. jayscarpa - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Happy birthday DJ

  2. waiverclaim - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Has anyone watched YES network lately? In almost every Yankees “highlight” reel, they always make a point to literally show Jeter on a treadmill, in the dugout etc – LOL

    Its pathetic how huge a pass that guy has compared to every other athlete ever. You almost want him to get embroiled in controversy at this point.

    • chadjones27 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      The Yankee-hater in me wants to see that too. However, it’s nice to see a professional athelete live his life professionally without any controversy. What’s the worst we have on him? He bangs hot chicks then gives them a basket of goodies and has his driver make sure they get home safely?

      • bfunk1978 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        It’s like he’s from a different era.

      • paperlions - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        I agree. That is nice….but it doesn’t make Jeter particularly unique. These are the top 10 hitters and pitchers according to fWAR over the last 10 years (i.e. generally “stars”). How many of them are controversy free?

        Pujols, Utley, Cabrera, ARod, Wright, Beltre, Holliday, Mauer, Beltran, Rollins

        Sabathia, Halladay, Lee, Verlander, Santana, Felix, Haren, Oswalt, Greinke, Peavy

        Besides ARod, Cabrera and Greinke are the only guys on that list that have had any kind of controversy. If you shorten the time frame to the last 5 years, the only guy added to the list with a controversy is Braun. In other words, Jeter is just doing what nearly every other player does….all the other guys just don’t get praised for being normal.

      • bigharold - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        “…all the other guys just don’t get praised for being normal.”

        It’s not so much that Jeter gets credit for what others don’t, .. he does frequently. The constant comparisons with A-Rod, which usually are false to start with, are made because they’re both on the same team.

        Ironically, the same group of writers, mostly in NY, will hold Jeter up as a paragon of virtue will also go out of their way to denigrate him for giving stock answers that are frequently no more than clichés and Jeter’s relentless management of his image. Their tact will depend on not so much their editorial leanings as the ax they are currently grinding. Basically it’s a function of lazy journalism.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        will hold Jeter up as a paragon of virtue will also go out of their way to denigrate him for giving stock

        Took me about 2m of staring at this quote to wonder why NY writers were asking Jeter about financial matters. Ugh time to log off for a bit…

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Imagine if it was revealed that ARod gave his one-night stands a gift basket. For that matter, imagine if it was leaked that ARod had a one-night stand! “Oh my stars and garters, what a morally depraved fornicator we have in our midst! Hide the children!”

      • jwbiii - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Something very much like that, yes.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Its pathetic how huge a pass that guy has compared to every other athlete ever.

      Michael Jordan holds this crown, and it’s not even close. A world class asshole, who even during his HoF speech, told lies about how he was motivated*, bashed pretty much everyone in his basketball career, kept Isaiah off the dream team, and almost personally destroyed Kwame Brown’s career. Not to mention his gambling habits which, were it baseball, would probably have got him a suspension or two.

      *Jordan likes to tell how he was motivated by being cut from the varsity team as a freshman. Except, at his HS, freshmen weren’t allowed to play varsity, he played JV and played varsity as a sophomore.

  3. alexo0 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Who does Michael Kay think he is by asking Derek Jeter to lower himself and join him in the booth? Everyone knows Derek Jeter doesn’t talk publicly about anything. Though with Derek Jeter being the classy guy that he is, he probably sent Kay a gift basket just to thank him for the invite.

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      “Evryone knows Derek Jeter doesn’t talk publicly about anything”
      Umm, did you miss the HBO special about his 3000th hit where they filmed Jeter in his house?
      Or did you miss the book he wrote?
      Wait, did you miss the hundreds of interviews he’s given to the media since 1996?
      Jeter talks all the time. He just keeps his private life to himself. Jeter was right not to go into the booth and Kay probably knew Jeter would turn him down but if I were Kay I would have asked to. Doesn’t hurt to ask.

      • alexo0 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Sarcasm, buddy.

  4. pizzadawg - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Jeter is Dudley Do-Right; A-Rod is Snidely Whiplash

    • bigharold - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      LOL!!!! Dudley Do Right, .. yeah.

      But A-Rod, .. More like Wiley Coyote, .. Super Genius. Despite his perseverance everything he does blows up in his face.

  5. historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM


  6. rickdobrydney - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Jeter is a private person…. In this 24 hour a day all-covering media blitz of a world we live in, I think that’s pretty damn smart of him. What do you know …. a guy with NO controversy swirling around him. Maybe he IS a little bland, but I would rather be that than sucking up to the 12-headed monster that is the NY and national media.

  7. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle – none of them tweeted

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Lol good one. Can you imagine Babe Ruth’s tweets @TheBabe “just downed a quarter keg by myself, I’m gonna chow down on a dozen hot dogs and then it’s off to the brothel. Go Yanks,”

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        Hey @wpjohnson, you like me now big fella? #senatorssuck

      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        Can you imagine the Twitter feud with Old Hoss?

    • bigharold - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      “– none of them tweeted”

      None of them used cell phones either, .. cause they weren’t in existence yet.

      I get the impression the Gehrig might have been more like Jeter keeping to himself but Mantel probably would have taken advantage of 21 century social media. And, Ruth, considering all that has been written about his jovial, extroverted and raucous ways probably wouldn’t have shut up.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Instead, they set the world atwitter.

  8. eagles512 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    You’re 100% right

  9. bigharold - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    A-Rod takes crap about him being in the limelight, .. specifically that he’s self promoting. And, the media jumps on him with both feet and usually compares him unfavorably to Jeter. And yet, when it suits their purposes there are members of the media that will criticize Jeter for giving nothing but standard, run of the mill non-responsive answers because he doesn’t want to be dissected by the media.

  10. maritime85 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Jeter comes across like a real douche sometimes

  11. charlutes - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Bingo Craig, nailed it. its funny how transparently thoughtless these writers are when they think they come off as baseball’s gatekeepers or something.

  12. deathmonkey41 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    So, what you’re saying then Craig is that A-Rod should make Brian Cashman a gift basket?

  13. millmannj - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    So, since Klapisch has his ear to the ground on all-things-Yankees, I assume he knows for a fact that the team is also pissed that CC, Granderson, Robertson & a dozen other A-Rod teammates are on Twitter?

  14. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    I love the New York Media.

    ARod – “Feeling better, hope to be back soon!”
    Media response: “You should shut up and take a long walk off a short pier!”
    Jeter – “Sorry, I can’t be bothered to show-up in the booth for one inning, although the fans would go crazy awesome nuts for it.”
    Media response: “What a team guy!”

    And the excuse that the booth is for retired players only is 100% bogus. I’ve seen PLENTY of injured players in the booth, mostly doing PR for the team or pushing some team affiliated charity, and it’s absolutely the right thing to do. Don’t even get me started on those stupid ass interviews managers and players do in the middle of the freaking game on ESPN.

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