Some things just never make any sense to me, for instance why is it that Yankee Management seems to have a recent perchant for bashing Derek Jeter in the press? Cashman and now Hank...come on guys, of all the players to go after it ain't DJ!!!! Good thing for the Yanks that Jeter is bigger than all this...good thing
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)Derek Jeter(notes) laughed off Hank Steinbrenners assertion that some New York Yankees were too busy building mansions after winning the 2009 World Series.
The Yankees captain was building a large multimillion dollar home in Tampa last year when New York lost to Texas in the AL championship series after fading in the second half of the season and winding up with the AL wild card.
Steinbrenner, the Yankees co-chairman, made the remark Monday in saying his team lacked hunger last year.
I understand most of it, Jeter said before Tuesdays spring training workout. The house, I didnt understand. Thats a first. Thats funny, I think. Im not moving, so we wont be talking about this again.
Jeter often smiled and laughed during an 11-minute session with reporters. He pointed out, with a smile, that Steinbrenner used the plural mansions and that his name was not speciallly mentioned.
The shortstop said no further explanation was needed from the oldest son of George Steinbrenner, the Yankees owner who died last July.
Hopefully this is the last time we have to discuss last season, Jeter said.
Steinbrenner said later Tuesday his comments were not directed at Jeter.
It was a generalization, a euphemism. A bad choice of a euphemism, Steinbrenner said. Thats all it was.
Steinbrenner sent a message to Jeter clarifying his remarks.
Sometimes teams get a little complacent, they celebrate for too long, Steinbrenner said. It certainly isnt Derek. Dereks got five rings. You dont win five rings by being complacent. So, it was definitely not Derek I was talking about, and it wasnt, obviously, a few other players, either. But in the end weve got to win.
He knows I wasnt referring to him, Steinbrenner added. Its not what I meant. That was never my intention.
After Steinbrenners comments Tuesday, Jeter said he never thought the remarks were directed at him.
I guess I was right, he said.