Quote of the Day: Brian Roberts on Derek Jeter

I thought this quote from Brian Roberts was nice and worth posting, per Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:

““He’s meant a ton to me even though I only played about five games with him in the WBC as teammates. He’s just always been that guy that encouraged me from the other side. I played against him obviously a ton. One of those guys that early in my career really actually helped me believe that I could play here at this level and play well.

 

“I think it was maybe 2004. I was on second or something and he just said, ‘You can hit .300 in this league.’ That was kind of, to hear it from someone like that, it just kind of opens your eyes. I don’t think it’s just me, I think he does it to everybody, but for some reason when he tells it to you, you think you’re the most important person in the world. He’s just kind of got that personality, and he’s so good with people.”

So it’s Derek Jeter‘s fault that Brian Roberts was such a pain the butt against the Yankees when he was healthy. Thanks a lot, Jeter. Geez…

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

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