SonsofSlam04 wrote:Two times Jeter has had the opportunity to protect ARod - once in the off season when the Boston Red Sox were ripping ARod daily - His response then was "thats life deal with it"
In all honesty that is part of being a Yankee. If anytime someone said something about someone on the Yankees and Jeter had to pop up and take up for them, he wouldn't have time to actually play the game.
SonsofSlam04 wrote:And of course the last few weeks when the New York media has made it unbearable for ARod to do anything without getting flamed broiled.
As for this, it goes with the territory. As much as I like ARod, he does need to learn to deal with getting slammed when you play terribly, because it's part of being a Yankee. Also, do you know for a fact Jeter hasn't gone to ARod and talked to him about whats going on and try to help him through it? Of course you don't. I don't think he has to defend him in the media for him to necessarily be a good leader.
That isn't why Jeter isn't doing it though. Maybe it will make A-Rod stronger, but that's not Jeter's purpose. Otherwise, why did he stand up for Giambi, who used drugs to increase his performance, and absolutely SCREWED the Yankees for about 2 years of his contract (including the 2004 season, which Yanks04 likes to moan about so much)?
There is no way that you can know that for sure. I can't say that it isn't, but you can't just state it as a fact that Jeter isn't trying to help ARod by letting him play his way back into the fans favor.