Derek Jeter is going to re-sign with the Yankees. You know it, I know it, the American people know it. Disregard all the noise, the gamesmanship, the sniping and the veiled threats. It’s simply too important to both sides for there to be any other outcome.
Yet while the two sides engage in their little dance, it’s allowing fans and media of various teams to start pondering what it would be like having Jeter on their side. The Giants, whose GM, Brian Sabean, was the Yankees scouting director when Jeter was drafted, have supposedly kicked some tires. Just today, influential Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy chimed in with the ultimate “in-your-face” scenario: the Red Sox signing Jeter. It’s not going to happen, of course, but it’s still amusing to ponder.
So far, I haven’t seen anyone audacious enough to link Jeter to the Mariners — as if he’s going to hitch his gold-plated wagon to a team that lost 101 games in two of the past three years and resides so far out of the media spotlight. But I thoroughly enjoyed this post on the blog of Beckett Media, the trading card company, which produced totally fake baseball cards imagining what Jeter would look like wearing the uniform of each of the 29 teams not the Yankees.
It’s a fanciful romp that will help occupy your time until the Yankees call their press conference announcing that Jeter has re-signed.