On Tempests and Teapots …

…  or mountains and molehills.

I think we all agree, despite the strong words we’ve had on the subject, that this Ortiz-Jeter flap is not the defining moment of the season — or even particularly important. It’s interesting, it’s good for some spirited debate, but that’s all.

That said, Round 2! No, not really. Ortiz clarified his comments, which for all those intent on painting him as a selfish MVP campaigner were in response to a reporter’s question (he didn’t bring up the subject or just start spouting off. He probably should have abbreviated his thoughts or no commented the question, but Ortiz likes to talk. It’s part of his personality. You turn him into Derek Jeter, the Silent Wonder, and he becomes what Jeter is: Steady but boring, and smelling like sunshine and coconut leaves or whatever the crap it is).

That’s not my style. I just play and be cool with everybody. Derek Jeter is one of my favorite players to watch. Why would I make a comment about Derek Jeter winning or not winning? That’s something I can’t control.

I love watching Derek Jeter play. I’m one of his biggest fans. He plays the game, he leaves everything on the field. I don’t think there’s a player that can say anything about Derek Jeter.

Derek knows me. We’ve talked before. He’s got my man, Johnny Damon, next to him and he’s got Alex [Rodriguez], who I have a good relationship with.

That’s not my style. I just play and be cool with everybody. Derek Jeter is one of my favorite players to watch. Why would I make a comment about Derek Jeter winning or not winning? That’s something I can’t control.

I love watching Derek Jeter play. I’m one of his biggest fans. He plays the game, he leaves everything on the field. I don’t think there’s a player that can say anything about Derek Jeter.

So there you go. Now we can get back to arguing about something worthwhile — like Derek and Stacy.

8 comments… add one
  • Of course it was in response to a reporter’s question. They spend the entire season dredging for controversy, and every so often a player falls into the trap. Jeter studiously avoids that, and is thus considered boring… he clearly studied at the knee of Crash Davis. I’m fine with that – I figure it’s a key part of surviving and thriving as a NYY for an extended time. Not that Bernie is the quiet type too.
    I’m sure all will be well between the big fella and the captain this weekend. I’m reasonably sure that players generally understand that the media whips this stuff up and they are usually willing to cut one another some slack. Further, Ortiz didn’t say anything terribly insulting to Jeter (as opposed to just whiney or logically inconsistent) so I doubt Jeter has a grudge about it.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) September 13, 2006, 11:15 am
  • A perfect response to DJ’s shot over Papi’s bow. Now the two most popular players in the American League–hell, i baseball (sorry Mr. Pujols, and you’re not quite there yet Ryan)—can be friends again. Or whatever passes for friends between superheroes.

    YF September 13, 2006, 11:34 am
  • I know of only a couple of instances where a ballplayer walks into the clubhouse after a game, calls reporters over to his locker, and then reads a prepared statement about a topic that has nothing to do with what happened on the field.
    Albert Belle accounts for most, if not all, of those occasions.

    lp September 13, 2006, 11:50 am
  • Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    SF September 13, 2006, 11:50 am
  • Agreed. This whole brouhaha is a total snore. Ortiz vaguely slights non-power hitters. Jeter responds with some good old-fashioned, jocular trash-talk. Yawn.
    I think this just goes to show how accustomed NY/Boston sportswriters have grown to having their teams in neck-and-neck compettition, that this garbage is all they have to fall back on once a pennant race is removed from the equation.

    airk September 13, 2006, 12:52 pm
  • Really, it’s sad that these two guys couldn’t have come up with anything better. Heck, Larry Lucchinoi, John Henry and George Steinbrenner bested them easily — and even coined a phrase out of it!

    Paul SF September 13, 2006, 1:37 pm
  • airk, it’s nice that Papi did the right thing, but this isn’t “all that [Yankees fans or NY writers] have to fall back on.” This has turned into an excellent season for us.
    if that’s not what you meant — okay. anyway, thanks to Papi.

    LouGYF September 14, 2006, 6:57 am
  • Hello! great idea of color of this siyte!

    Vilyamnd August 8, 2007, 6:30 pm

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