She who hesitates…

…loses the chance to do a quote of the day post.

I was all ready to post Derek Jeter‘s pearls of wisdom regarding David Price‘s earlier comments on how he wouldn’t ever play for the New York Yankees because of their facial hair policies. In case you missed it, Price said in an interview with Jon Paul Morosi of, “I wouldn’t sign a long-term deal there. Those rules, that’s old-school baseball. I was born in ’85. That’s not for me. That’s not something I want to be a part of.” But then I was beaten to the punch by Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk, who made Jeter’s quote his quote of the day.

Here’s Jeter’s quote in full:

“Do you really think some player would say no, all things considered, if it was a good deal for them? I’m not talking about his situation, but if it was a good deal for a player, I’m pretty sure most guys – maybe not all guys – would have no trouble shaving. Maybe it means a lot to him. I don’t know.”

Personally, I think it’s hilarious because I can definitely picture Jeter’s face as he was saying it to reporters. He probably had that bewildered, “are you serious?” look he gets when he hears silly quotes from other players on other teams.

Anyway, I can’t be too mad at Mr. Calcaterra, who is a friend of the blog because he linked back to It’s About The Money, Stupid in that particular Jeter post and we really appreciate the shout out. So thanks for that, Craig!

About Stacey Gotsulias

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast.

7 thoughts on “She who hesitates…

  1. I don't think Price's comment is silly at all. The professional culture, formal, and informal rules of a work place are very important in determining your day to day experience on the job. These non-pecuniary considerations should be especially important for star employees who have multiple employers offering very lucrative offers.

    Example: i know lots of lawyers who have left larger firms to join smaller firms with a more laid back culture. People wear jeans to work, there's less screaming, and fewer formalities with partners. They often cite those differences as big reasons they prefer their new jobs.

    Now, Jeter is probably right that Yankee dollars can convince players to overlook the franchise's strict, traditionalist rules. But if the rules dissuade even just one or two quality players to sign elsewhere, it's probably time to scrap the rules.

    • Very few if any jobs don't have a dress code(yes facial hair is part of a dress code) so if that's considered not treating someone like an adult unemployment is going to double.

    • The Yankees are image conscience just like the police, the military, rock bands or any other organization that has people as its "product". Are you saying all those organizations do not treat people like an adult by mandating certain standards on appearance? I'm also pretty sure that general society and culture believes that shaving is part of being an adult hence the stereotypical response of "get a hair cut" to hippies.

      Anyway, Jeter is right. If Price was offered a big deal that nobody matched, he would take it, shave and smile the entire time. Giambi and Damon went through the same crap; have we already forgotten what especially Damon looked like and said prior to signing with the Yankees?

      • But it was not about the Yankees being image conscious. The ban was implemented by a convicted felon who thought it was acceptable for him to impose his allegedly superior grooming standards on his employees at a time when there were too many damn hippies around for his liking.

        And most Yankee fans thought that the rule was "silly", rather than the objecting player, when it was Don Mattingly who voiced his objection.

        • What about the next "Price" that wants his name on the jersey to sell himself more…or not wanting to wear a suit to travel in…or wants his kids in the hotel room.

          For every player it "cost" them, I'm sure it has "gained' them an equal amount. 98% of players would love to wear the (first and real) pinstripes. Price is spoiled by playing for a team that changes names, colors, clothes, etc. all too often. If it honestly means that much to him, good for him but don't let a single player change the teams standards.

        • Which doesn't change the fact that all corporations have a dress code,most similar to the Yanks.