Ken Davidoff notes today that Cashman is certainly not bothered by Jeter’s petulance:
“I bet that bothered Brian for one, maybe two seconds,” the friend said. “If Mariano (Rivera, of course) had said something like that, now that would’ve bothered Brian.”
The bloom is clearly off the Jeter rose and it’s not just in the Yankosphere. The media, which had been forever shining Jeter’s shoes, has started to turn. Wallace Matthews takes some strong shots at Jeter today:
Jeter is coming off the antithesis of Mantle’s transcendent 1956 season — he posted career lows in batting average and on-base percentage, struck out more than he had in five years, kept the opposing shortstop way too busy with his penchant for the groundout and hit into an distressing number of double plays. Yet The Captain still walked off with a deal that keeps him the highest-paid middle infielder in the game with the potential to earn as much as $65 million over the next four years.
No reason for anger there.
Now Brian Cashman goes into Jeter’s meat locker because the Yankees general manager was the most public in refusing to follow the shortstop’s script, especially once Jeter’s agent, Casey Close, called the team’s negotiating posture baffling.
If nothing else, Jeter should see now that his public support is not as firm as he might have believed when the offseason began. Plenty of fans — what seemed like a majority — lined up to support the Yankees’ right to cut their captain’s salary.
Around the Yankosphere, there’s plenty worth reading, too:
- TYU: Jeter “Angry” About How Negotiations Went
- TYU: Quotes from Cash-Part 2
- LoHud: After the anger, Jeter smiles and moves forward
- LoHud: Notes from Day 2: The Jeter edition
- BronxBanter: Derek Jeter Expresses An Emotion Other Than Calm Determination
- NYTimes: Public Sniping in Talks Left Jeter Feeling Angry
- NYBD: The Shine Is Finally Off the Derek Jeter Aura (title purely a coincidence, I assure you!)
- Captain’s Blog: “Angry” Jeter Rejoins Happy Family; Yankee Captain Stands Tall as Recent Critics Shrink