Friday, August 21, 2009
From the Journal News:
According to the Associated Press, Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice spoke to players at the Little League World Series today and said that today’s major leaguers are too focused on individual goals and getting big contracts.
“You see a Manny Ramirez, you see an A-Rod, you see Jeter … Guys that I played against and with, these guys you’re talking about cannot compare,” Rice said.
Derek Jeter? Really?
Reality to Jim Rice: Jeter was at the center of four World Series champions (four more than you were) and has never once been accused of being anything but a team player. You owe him an apology.
I get both sides. Derek Jeter is one of the greatest players of all-time and has never been accused of or caught using steroids. Now that A-Rod and Manny Ramirez have been outed as users, Jeter is the posterboy for clean baseball. Jim Rice was wrong for grouping Jeter in with those guys.
But come on... one must wonder if Derek Jeter did take something at some point. His prime was in the steroid era. Chances are he took some boli. Chances are Mariano Rivera, Albert Pujols and David Wright popped some of Manny's d--- pills.
That's why Peter Abraham's response was a bit much for me. Just chill, brah. Accept that most of the players in this era have been on performance-enhancers. That's why it's called the "Steroid Era".
So Peter Abraham...