Takeaways from Jeter’s press conference

Open to questions after 5 minutes of nothing of any materiality said, Jeter added during the Q&A:

  • This is the only organization that I ever want to play for…
  • “…Never planned on going anywhere else…
  • “I didn’t want to hear from any other teams…I didn’t want to play for any other teams”
  • What bothered me the most was how public this became...”
  • “…Not an enjoyable experience…”
  • “…Turned into a big public thing. Something I was not happy about…”
  • I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t angry about how some of this went…”
  • I thought I was portrayed incorrectly
  • “…Best organization in all of sports…best fans in all of sports…”
  • Angry at the process. Angry how he was betrayed. Heard “greed”, “ego”, “arrogance”.  (That’s my fault, sorry)
  • I’m in no position to demand anything...”
  • Something to prove? –> “Every year we go out to prove we’re the best team in baseball… I have nothing to prove to other people…”
  • I have a lot of years left in baseball
  • I’ve never shied away from criticism; I’ve taken it as a challenge…

First time I’ve ever seen Jeter admit to being angry at something like this or was this forthright in sharing his angry.  Clearly his ego was hurt by anything said against him.

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11 thoughts on “Takeaways from Jeter’s press conference

  1. Brian

    Jeter is clearly pissed off that negotiations were public and messy, and rightfully so.

    The Yankees made a big mistake, the effects of which won't be fully realized for at least a decade, but that's their problem.

    It was never about their decision to play some hardball with him, its a negotiation, its ur not playing some hard ball your not doing your job, Jeter understands that.

    It was the WAY in which they did it that is going to cause a permanent wedge. Oh well.

    • Glenn G.

      I agree, but….

      …. one more ring, and all is forgotten.

      Water under the 51 million dollar bridge.

    • Andrew

      What big mistake did the Yankees make? And what effects are going to realized in 10 years?

      • Brian

        read the post at the bottom. To clarify, it is NOT the playing hardball part that is going to prove to be a long term disaster. It was the public manner in which they did it. Big mistake.

  2. Brian

    It's like the line, 'forgive, but don't forget'.

    This won't be forgotten. And it's so sickening because all along the Yankees were ALWAYS going to offer Jeter more money than any other team would, and he was always going to resign with the only team he's ever wanted to play for.

    The ONLY way for the Yankees to have screwed this up was to diss Jeter through the media during the process and that's exactly what they did. And they are going to spend the next 40 years regretting it.

    • LarryAtIIATMS

      Brian, whatever anger remains will quickly dissipate, and the behavior of each side will quickly be forgotten by the other side. I agree with Jeter, the public nature of the negotiations was unfortunate, and some of the name calling to which Jeter was subjected was inappropriate. But we have intelligent adults on both sides here, and intelligent adults realize that feathers are likely to be ruffled in any high-stakes negotiation involving this kind of money.

      I don't think the Yankees are looking at 40 years of regret with Jeter. If Jeter wants to be a public ambassador for the Yankees after he retires from active play, that role will be open to him. I don't think he'll walk away from that role because of a few sour weeks of negotiations. At the end of the day, the lasting memory of the Jeter years (for everyone, including Jeter) will be his first-ballot Hall of Fame production and the championship-level baseball played by the team he played for and eventually led.

      If there's going to be fallout over the Jeter negotiations, we'll see it in future negotiations. Jeter was roundly criticized here and elsewhere for making big demands when his leverage was low. The key takeaway lesson for any Yankee player (and to be honest, it's a lesson they should have learned a long time ago) is that in order to maximize the dollars in, the player has to use leverage when it's available. The idea that any Yankee can age gracefully and patiently await the day of his contract expiration, knowing that the team will reward him on that day for his past contribution … well, that idea may still be alive, but it's been damaged by these negotiations.

      Here's where I come to agreement with you, Brian. Truth is, the Yankees probably paid way more for Jeter than any other team would have paid, PRECISELY in recognition of his past service to the team (also to recognize his star power and his status as one of a handful of true Yankee greats, on par with Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Berra and Mantle). This COULD have been a love-fest. Instead, it may lead other Yankees (I'm thinking of CC and his opt-out right) to feel that they need to take a tougher line with the team.

  3. Mike Nagle

    Brian nailed it with his comments. Every so often a player comes along who is an exception. Jeter is that player. He should be kept in the organization more than simply for symbolic reasons (like Reggie who they also screwed up with and he ended up playing elsewhere). Jeter should have been extended and likely could have been had for less $$ had they extended before the season ended. Give him a 10-yr with "personal services" included and he becomes the new Yogi Berra and is THE Yankee who shows up for meaningful occasions.

  4. iftheshoe_fits

    Oh, please. Whats Jeter gonna do? Is he gonna bash the Yankees? Everyone else hates them anyway. He going to do appearances for the Red Sox? The only reason he has anything to complain about is that he’s clearly overvaluing his baseball skills.
    The Yankees made him a much better offer than anyone else, and his agent decided to go public with the “it’s baffling” thing. So the Yanks called his bluff. Is he pissed? Ok, fine. But he doesn’t have any leverage anymore. And his BATNA (best alternative to a negotiated agreement) was 3/30 in Cincy or somewhere. Have fun with that, DJ.

    I love Jeter. But he has shown his ego and greed thru this. That damaged his brand way more than he can ever hurt the Yankees.

  5. John

    I don't agree. As Jeter said this was a negotiation. He wasn't happy it went public, but I don't think this is going to burn any bridges between him and the Yankees. Derek knows it's business, the Yankees know it's business. The only people portraying this as more than a typical back and forth negotiation are the members of the media and the fans. Otherwise, I don't think it is any different than any other negotiation other than he is Derek Jeter and these are the Yankees.

    And as far as Derek showing his greed what was he supposed to do? He made on average 18.9mil a year. He asked for a raise. If you don't ask you won't receive. If he had gotten 5-6 years at 20-25 mil a year would we have said he was greedy? No we would have said the Yanks are stupid. Was he supposed to say "You know, I don't need to be paid. Give me 5mil a year and call it a day."? That would have been stupid on his part.

    From the Yankees perspective were they just supposed to throw money at an aging shortstop? That's bad business. So they offered 15mil a year which was still more than what anyone else was going to pay because they appreciated what Derek has meant to the franchise.

    They couldn't agree initially so they negotiated and made a deal. Derek got more money than anyone else was going to pay, and the Yankees got their captain and probably the best SS available. I don't see the issue with this.

  6. Mike

    It was a strategic error on Cashman's part to take this public, since nothing really was going to be gained from it. Perhaps it would have taken a bit longer for the contract to come about, but Jeter wasn't going anywhere, and they would have come in at the same number simply because Jeter wasn't going anywhere.

    In what's going to be a lifetime relationship, a couple weeks of some pretty minor, back-and-forth quotes will be long forgotten, and if there is an issue, then it will be between Jeter and Cashman, not Jeter and the Yankees. Move on.

  7. Sabrina

    Heard Jeter was angry but in ny..the media loves to sell papers. It doesn't matter if it is true or not, people buy the crappy daily news. Unfortunately, I get it delivered to my house just because my dad things its good, Jeter, you got your money. Be happy. You know who has a right to be mad? The fans…as the yankees overpay, it comes out of our pockets. nice to have you back captain, dont be angry..you'll be retiring with at least 51 million more!

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