Thursday, March 5, 2009
The Derek Jeter Contract Quandary
Even the most hardcore Red Sox fans (named Sully, Murph and O'Reilly according to that herb over at ESPN) agree that Derek Jeter is the kind of player born to lead a team. They may blow their brains out moments later, but they will admit it. And with me, all homerism aside, I couldn't think of any other Yankee lifer who could fill the shoes as well as Jeter has over the past ten seasons.
But NY - especially NY writers - have gotten that itch. The itch that starts creeping along when a player's production begins to decline. It happened with Paul O'Neill, and it happened with Bernie Williams. All of a sudden, they're expendable. And there's one dickhead in particular who has made it his mission to push Jeter out of the Bronx, because every time the baseball headlines dry up, and A-Rod goes on the lam for 24 hours, he brings up the question (obviously more than once): what happens when Jeter's contract expires after next season?
First off, if you consistently read Joel Sherman, you know he's not a terrible writer. Not by any means when you compare him to the retards The Post and The News has on staff. But he does have a raging hard-on for Jeter - in a bad way, not in the hot-chick bends over at the CVS check-out to grab a pack of gum good way. I'm positive that sometime in the past, Jeter snubbed Sherman in some shallow way that Sherman has yet to get over. Maybe he didn't give him a fist-pound after a World Series game, or maybe him and Scotty Brosius pants-ed Sherman in front of Erin Andrews, or maybe Jeter fucked Sherman's wife - who am I to speculate? But the fact remains that Sherman hates Jeter. And he's the mob leader fanning the flames around the the contract situation.
To sum it up, The Captain's contract expires at the end of 2010. He'll be 36, keeping par with his statistical decline, but also nearing the 3,000 hit mark. For me, there are two factors in this equation that decides whether or not to keep him: 1) Does he accept a shitload less in annual salary? And 2) Is he still one of the AL's top shortstops?
Huh. what's this? I though because certain statisticians locked away in a cave by Elias Sports Bureau without food, water or toilet said Jeter sucked, then he sucked?
Well, you've been mislead, my dear friends. He doesn't suck. From from it. In fact, go ahead and name 5 AL shortstops who had a better offensive year than him last season. Go ahead. Name them. I said name them you fucking coward...
Yes, that's right, Jhonny Peralta and...and...Yeah, exactly, no one. Jason Bartlett? Nick Punto? You could make a case for Michael Young, but Jeter hit 15 points higher, had a higher OBP and a higher SLG percentage. And I understand that people say it's the money that makes him overrated, but you can bet the bank that he accepts a decrease. If that happens, there's no reason not to keep one of the better offensive catalysts with the team.
So until Jeter completely shits-the-bed, catches a flesh-eating disease from some washed-up starlet, or a replacement comes along, Joel Sherman can take his thesis, his attitude, his Jew 'fro, and his fucking glasses, and walk into oncoming traffic.