Bob Klapisch’s ESPN.com column adds some insight to the Yankee clubhouse, which seems not nearly so harmonious after the much-ballyhooed SI article:
[A]ll Giambi was doing was filling a conversational void created by the one Yankee who could have — and perhaps should have — confronted A-Rod.
That would be Jeter, of course. If there’s anyone who could make Rodriguez understand the difference between greatness and greatness under pressure, it’s the guy batting almost .400 with runners in scoring position. But anyone hoping for a Jeter-Rodriguez summit shouldn’t hold their breath. The cold war between them is even more pronounced than the one with Mussina. Jeter reportedly has never forgiven A-Rod for the disparaging remarks he made in Esquire in 2001, and as one Yankee official said, "There is no coming back from one of Derek’s grudges. Once you’re gone, you’re gone."
So let me get this straight: Jeter would rather let the Yankees’ reigning MVP struggle through a slump when the team needs him most to settle a five-year-old feud? Love those intangibles!
(Hat tip: Chad Finn.)