So I have to admit, this Derek Jeter contract negotiation is starting to make me a little nervous, as a Yankees fan.
As synonymous with the pinstripes as any Yankee of my lifetime, Jeter should be a Yankee for life. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. His emergence in 1996 as a rookie was a huge key to the Yanks finally winning the World Series again, and the guy has been nothing but class for 14 years.
So of course when his contract ran out this year, the Yanks were going to re-sign him. And of course Jeter would find it unthinkable to play anywhere else at the end of his career. I mean come on, Jeter as a Toronto Blue Jay? Or a Cleveland Indian? Ridiculous.
Except … the Yankees management seem to be digging their heels in, with Hal (Son of George) Steinbrenner saying maybe Jeter should “test the market” after the Yanks made a three-year, $45 million offer.
I still don’t think there’s any way in hell that the Yankees let Jeter get away. It would be a colossal disaster, even if Jeet’s not the same player he was a few years ago.
He has to stay a Yankee, and finish his career a Yankee. Some things are bigger than money. Sign. The. Man.
**My friend David Kohn is a sports nut, as well as one of the few people willing to be my friend as a child (I think his mother made him be my friend, but that’s another story.) Dave is the guy you hope is sitting next to you in Vegas on the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, because he’ll help you win money.
He and a partner have come up with a very cool new web site called mojingo.com. The way it works is this: You go on the site and show your sports knowledge, picking games in football, basketball, baseball, and everything else. The better you are at picking winners, the more money you can win; you’re basically picking against everybody else who picks on the site.
The other cool feature of the site is it gives you access to fan experts for each team. Let’s say you want to bet on the Sacramento Kings one night but don’t know much about them or their chances. At Mojingo you can get access to Kings’ diehards (I’m sure there is such a creature out there, a Sacramento Kings diehard) who will guide you in the right direction.
They’ve just launched the site and OK I’m biased, but it looks really cool. Check it out when you get a chance.
And if you see Dave, tell him I can still kick his butt at RBI Baseball.