My Jeter Countdown

I hope everybody has been enjoying their Thanksgiving weekend. I’ve been enjoying mine. Well, except for the cold, hard reality that The Captain and The Yankees remain in negotiations hell. The fact that they haven’t made a deal and seem to be in a bona fide standoff is upsetting to me. It haunts my sleep. It creates low-level anxiety. It causes me to snap at my husband for no apparent reason.
(Oddly, I’m not worried about Mo’s situation. The Yankees need him and will pay him, and that deal will happen.) Anyhow, I’ve decided that I’m going to post a different Jeter video every night on this blog until the announcement comes down that he’s safely back in the fold – no matter how long it takes. So here’s Video #1. I’d like Cashman and the Steinbrenners to watch it and then try to tell Casey Close with a straight face that his client is just another ballplayer.


  1. raysrenegade

    Since Jeter is located in the Tampa Bay area for the Winter (presumably), maybe this all can be settled with something as simple as each playing a 9 inning baseball game on the bigscreen using a Wiim PS3 or XBox360 where neither contestant can choose the pinstripes to settle their differences side-by sdie. Man-on-Mano with the loser dropping or raising his demands within the realm of the winner.
    It would take both Jeter and Cashman out of their own elements be it physical or fiscal that make them the superstars they are in the sports world.
    Would pit the reflexes and emotions of each ina game of chane with each having a fair chance to succeed and also save face with the Yankee fandom.
    Either that or meet at the Hooters on West Hillsborough Ave between the Yankee Spring Training site and Jeter’s Avila home and hash it out over pitchers and hot wings..

    Rays Renegade

  2. abby1306

    Oh yes, Cashman should review all of Jeter’s statements throughout the years. Maybe then he remembers what Jeter means to the Yankees and to the Fans. I mean what he says and actually thinks are two different things. Especially Cashman should know better, he’s been around long enough. I don’t know why these negotiations have to go through the press. When I read that Close said “he and Jeter consider the Yankees’ tactic of leaking information to the media in an attempt to damage Jeter’s pristine image” and “both sides had agreed not to negotiate through the media, an agreement he and Jeter believe the Yankees have repeatedly violated”, I could get sick. Seriously, now he wants 4-5 years with $23-24 Million per year. Whatever Cashman thinks of this, instead of visiting A.J. and who else he visited or plans to visit, sit the f**** together with Jeter and Close and figure this out! But without talking, nothing will happen. Why so stubborn? It’s like kindergarten. It’s very upsetting, you’re so right, Jane!
    I really hope, your Jeter countdown helps. 🙂 It definitely shows again how much Jeter means to us fans (and should mean to th organization).
    – Nadine

  3. ooaooa

    Fear not oh yee of little faith! Jeter will sign in due time as will Mo and Andy. My sources assure me there is NOTHING or NO ONE to worry about. It’s fodder time in baseball right now and this “Jeter” non story is prime feed.


    I understand that this is big business and the Yankees are big business, but I am 74 years old and have been a religious Yankee fan and have been going to the stadium since I’m 11 years old. Derek Jeter is as important to the Yankees as Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth. If Jeter isn’t given his four years, the Yankees will not only lose Jeter, but many loyal fans including myself. Jeter is the heart and soul of the Yankees and it would be a huge mistake on the part of the Yankees if he doesn’t get his four years.

  5. Jane Heller

    I almost shed a tear too when I watched that, Antonella. Jeter IS the Yankees and he does “live for this.” Who are they gonna get to star in those kind of ads instead of him? Damaso Marte? LOL.

    Last I heard (which was two days ago), Jeter was still up north at his giant house in NJ, Renegade. Maybe he’s avoiding Tampa for now or maybe he’s back there now. Either way, I wish he and Cashman would sit down at Hooter’s (I think Jeter prefers PF Changs) and hash things out.

    The Yankees’ tactic of leaking information to the media is more than baffling, Nadine, as Casey Close put it. It’s bizarre. Do they really think they’re gaining points with the fans by doing it, especially after they were told by Major League Baseball to keep negotiations out of the media? I admit that Jeter needs to compromise on the actual deal, but so do the Yankees – without any more shots or rancor. But in the meantime, I plan to countdown with videos until it’s “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.”

    I agree, Paul. Do you think I should break some kneecaps? I know you have “people.” You could help.

    It’s not that I don’t have faith, John. I know Jeter will sign. But I don’t agree that it’s a non-story. PR posturing is one thing, but the kinds of statements that Cashman and the Steinbrenners have been making are inflammatory – the kind of slights that Jeter takes personally and will not get over even after he signs.

  6. Jane Heller

    Amen, rialexa. I do think Jeter will get his four years. Not five. Not six. But four. It doesn’t mean he has to be our shortstop for all four of those years, but there are many ways around it and the Yankees know it.

  7. Jane Heller

    Glad you like the Jeter-a-day-video idea, Barbara, because I think it’ll be awhile until they make a deal so there could be a lot of videos! Nothing’s going to happen with Cliff Lee until Jeter is signed, in my humble opinion.


    i like the idea of a jeter video everyday and i love the “i live for this” one. i don’t usually watch ads but that’s a great one. i am not worried. he is not going anywhere. still checking a few times a day on cliff lee and on andy’s decision. there are way too many months without baseball.

  9. joiseyguy

    Wow….talk about drowning in Jeter koolaid….I have been a Yankee fan for 60+ years and saw Joe D, Mantle, Ford, Yogi and all the great yanks since 1950…Jeter is not among those legends. He has been a nice part of 5 championships but won none on his own. It is Steinbrenner money that won those championships. Jeter has been paid more than he was worth for the last 10 years: almost $200,000,000 for a slap, punch and judy hitter with limited range in the field. Now, with his skills declining, with no range and no speed, absent power at the age of almost 37 he is asking to be paid like the greatest players in the game. If he ever was a great player, he sure in hell ain’t now…he is worth about $7,000,000 per year on maybe a 2 year deal on the open market given his skill set or lack thereof…The fact the Yanks are willing to throw $45,000,000 for 3 years to this ungrateful, egomaniac, is ridiculous and way more than fair and takes into account whatever “intangibles” they think they may get from him. I don’t care if my shortstop makes a good speech or makes sure he is the first out of the dugout to slap five to a home run hitter…..I want my shortstop to get to ground balls up the middle, get deep in the hole more often, steal some bases and don’t hit into so damn many double plays….and for that the going rate is maybe 4-7 million a year….whatever we overpay this money grubbing prima donna is money we can’t use to get good young, athletic players that will produce over the next three years. I used to be a huge Jeter fan, but, in this economy to whine and cry about how much he is worth coming off such a horrible year, I am done with him. Sign the damn contract and try to help us win…something he has only done once in a decade and needed Tex and CC to come along to do that.

  10. Jane Heller

    Joiseyguy, you’re certainly entitled to your opinion and I don’t disagree that Jeter’s skills have diminished and the money he’s asking for is crazy money. That said, I’ve proudly been a drinker of his Kool Aid and will continue to drink it. Jeter and the Yankees are engaged in a business negotiation – no more, no less.

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