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MLB Hot Stove: Jeter Negotiations Make Yankee Fans Miss “The Boss”

The Captain

My hometown is a small island known as New York City.

Numerous pro-sports teams bear the words New York on their jerseys.

Fans and players alike wear their respective team’s apparel with such pride.

No matter the number or name, or whether it’s game-green or pinstriped, they all represent the same special place.

This is why the last few weeks have been so tough, as the talk turned to obsession about New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter.

Jeter was the talk of the town, which is no easy feat in the Big Apple, and not necessarily something you want to go through.

It’s a city of ego, making jealousy an easy path to choose and Jeter isn’t so hard to envy.

With a resume consisting of professional athlete, Yankee captain, not hard on the eyes, easy-going, polite, five-time world champ and an endorsement list that rivals Michael Jordan—who named a sneaker in his honor—caused New Yorkers to get nasty.

Other than Jeter’s desperate need for an off-the-field stylist, try to find me a guy who wouldn’t want to be Derek Jeter for a day, because he is living the dream.

Looking back on Jeter’s contract negotiations, the emotions were not so jealously driven as much as I felt betrayed.

Baseball is a business, but the players are still people.

See, Jeter is not just a shortstop or a professional baseball player to most of us Yankee fans. This made it very personal for us.

If George Steinbrenner were still alive, I doubt he would have allowed any dirt to be kicked on the captain.

Darryl Strawberry reiterated this sentiment by stating: Continue reading ‘MLB Hot Stove: Jeter Negotiations Make Yankee Fans Miss “The Boss”’ »

MLB Hot Stove: Jeter And Yankees Are Finally On The Same Page

Finally, there is some good news regarding the contract negotiations of New York Yankees Captain Derek Jeter.

The New York Daily News claims that the Yankees and Jeter could have this contract signed by Saturday. Yes, tomorrow could put Yankee Universe at ease again if this becomes a fact.

What did it take for both sides to agree?

Rumored to be in the ballpark of about $19 million per season, over three years with an option for a fourth. The fourth season is TBD on Jeter’s performance, no specifics are known as to what these requirements entail.

This means Jeter keeps the same salary as his last contract, which was 10 years at $189 million bucks.

That is a fair price for an icon.

I am truly content to spread this news around, but will be elated when the hearsay turns into our reality.

MLB Hot Stove: Enter Sandman As The Greatest Ever Stays A New York Yankee

Phew! Rumor has it that the greatest closer in the history of baseball will stay in pinstripes.That is great news for the New York Yankees who are said to be re-signing Mariano Rivera for 2 more years at $30 million.

Rumor has it that two of the Bombers biggest rivals, the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels tried to steal Mo from New York.

One team supposedly offered Rivera 3-years at $17 million a season.

Only response too both suitors is loyalty is not gone from sports, as Rivera wants to stay for less money and years exactly where he started.

Rivera just turned 41 years old on November 29, but he sure doesn’t show his aging on the pitching mound. Continue reading ‘MLB Hot Stove: Enter Sandman As The Greatest Ever Stays A New York Yankee’ »

Watching LeBron James in Cleveland and My Plea for Derek Jeter in New York

I couldn’t do it, nor do I ever want to have to do it.

Watching LeBron James come back to face his old Cleveland Cavilers in a Miami Heat uniform was all I needed to see.

I don’t want Derek Jeter in any other uniform but a New York Yankees’ one.

These last few weeks have been awful for Yankee fans. The emotions of hating the Yankees to calling the “Captain” a greedy asshole, it has been nothing but short of awful.

Who is at fault? Who should take the blame?

I didn’t know what to think, but after watching the anger in the eyes of the Cavs fans and then imagining how hard a night this must be for James sent shivers up my spine.

This was not a business, not tonight, not on that basketball court. James took less money to go where he would win a championship; Jeter has already won New York five of them.

That pure passion and love for one player cannot be bought, as the Cleveland fans are hurt and heartbroken.

If Derek Jeter were no longer in pinstripes, no longer my Captain and no longer in my hometown of New York, I would be crushed. Continue reading ‘Watching LeBron James in Cleveland and My Plea for Derek Jeter in New York’ »

MLB Hot Stove: New York Yankees Looking At Wrong Royals Pitcher

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Rumor has it that the Kansas City Royals have been dangling 2009 CY Young winner Zack Greinke as trade bait to the New York Yankees.

This seems sketchy when you consider that Greinke has a no-trade clause in his contract, with the Yankees being first on the list.

Greinke has also suffered major depression and anxiety issues that have interfered with his playing time.

Even as a Yankee fan, it is completely understandable why playing in the Bronx would not be ideal for a player tormented with Greinke’s problems.

New York’s big lights cause major pressure, and good pitchers have collapsed under them too many times—just look at Javier Vazquez or Carl Pavano.

Looking at that the meek 2010 free agent pitchers market, Cliff Lee is the only certifiable superstar on it.

It is no secret that the Yankees are rolling out the red carpet for Lee. The Royals are well aware that if Lee is not in pinstripes next season, the Yankees could go all out in desperation for an arm like Greinke. Continue reading ‘MLB Hot Stove: New York Yankees Looking At Wrong Royals Pitcher’ »

MLB Hot Stove: New York Yankees Re-Sign One Player

No it’s not Jeter, Rivera or Pettitte and as far as I know Cliff Lee has never been a Yankee so who could it be?

As I type with complete and utter nausea, the player is Sergio Mitre.

No, this is not a joke, as the Yankees have signed Mitre for another year at $900,000 to bring his talents back to the Bronx.

What talents convinced the Yankees to make this decision?

Please, someone let me know ASAP.

This has skipper Joe Girardi’s name written all over it because we know he loves players from his Florida Marlins days in 2004.

Do you remember whose brilliant idea it was to pay Nick Johnson over bringing back the World Series MVP Hideki Matsui? Continue reading ‘MLB Hot Stove: New York Yankees Re-Sign One Player’ »