So it’s come to this – that awkward point in a relationship when you have to decide if you really will be together forever or try to amicably extricate your lives after more than a decade of history. Let’s not kid ourselves. It hurts, AND it’s messy. Hopefully for the Yankees and Jeter, it doesn’t drag out.
In all honesty, they need each other. Derek Jeter can only retain his title of King in New York. Move him anywhere else and the crown is tarnished. In Boston, heaven forbid, he’s an aging arch-rival. Maybe payback for taking Johnny Damon away? In Los Angeles, he’s an actress’ boyfriend (husband-to-be, fiance whatever the status). In a small market he’s a big fish in a little pond and a fish out of water.
The Yankees need Jeter too. Sure, the numbers have waned – ESPECIALLY offensively this year. The range isn’t what it was, and even when it was, critics claimed it wasn’t great. He’s clutch but he wasn’t clutch enough this season. All of that, however, pales in comparison to what he’s meant to the franchise. Starting with his rookie season (no coincidence) Yankees baseball experienced a revival. All those titles, all those World Series parades – Jeter was part of each one.
And how did he handle it all? Like a consummate professional. Sure he dated starlets and divas, but no one blames him for that. He never got busted, arrested, ended up in jail. Because of that, he was the Face of the Yankees. He was their Captain. Now, he’s unemployed.
Whenever haters start spewing about the Yankees buying their championships, Jeter’s name was the first to be raised to counter the argument (followed by Rivera, Pettitte and Posada). Besides that, do you REALLY think that A-Rod would have moved to third for ANYONE besides Jeter? That’s a HUGE no right there. Not to mention that they also used to be best friends. He helped get A-Rod. You’re welcome, Brian Cashman.
So, here we sit. Jeter is greyer but wiser. Cashman’s leash is appreciably longer now that GMS III is gone. Here’s hoping that they decide to grow old together.
About the Author
Written by Stephanie Geosits