This article in Bleacher Report is largely an unnecessary one. It is the same old story, when there is no news some of these guys try to invent it. I think ESPN and BR stretched it to even give the book air and print time.
Yes, the book sort of goes behind the scenes and chronicles the inside the dressing room combat between Jeeter and Brian Cashman. If I played for the Yankees, I’d have mortal combat with this GM. He’s the one who ought to have a book written about–he is darned right controversial. I happen to believe that if the Yankees had merely fired Cashman and moved Joe Torre into the GM job things would be a lot calmer in Yankee town.
And the beat goes on…
Reaction To Jeter Book
The relationship between Derek Jeter
and New York Yankees
general manager Brian Cashman was seriously and perhaps irreparably damaged during last fall’s contract talks, according to an upcoming book about the Yankees captain by ESPN New York columnist Ian O’Connor.
Don’t you think I’ve tried? I try, and sometimes I’ve just got to walk away and come back and try again, but you know I’ve tried. And every time I try, he’ll do something that pushes me away.
”— Derek Jeter on ’06 rift with A-Rod
The book, “The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter,” details a Nov. 30 sit-down in which Jeter, his agent Casey Close and Creative Artists Agency attorney Terry Prince met with Cashman, team president Randy Levine and co-owner Hal Steinbrenner to iron out their differences. The Tampa summit lasted four hours, but Jeter stayed for only the first 45 minutes, telling his employers — especially Cashman — how angry he was that they had made details of the negotiations public.
When Jeter got up to leave the room, Cashman asked the shortstop to sit back down and hear him out. “You said all you wanted was what was fair,” the GM told the shortstop. “How much higher do we have to be than the highest offer for it to be fair?”