Matthias wrote: noseeum wrote:
Matthias wrote:Maybe you don't care. I think it's a little shocking... the sport that has given him his whole life, he isn't interested in unless it's to watch himself? And people call A-Rod narcissistic?
I sent this to my baseball league and got this reply from a friend who's a life-long Yankees fan:
He doesn't even watch himself. It doesn't say he plays at Yankee stadium, then goes and watches the replay of the game at home. It just says he doesn't have the MLB package. I think you'd reading a bit much into it.
Not really. A direct quote from Borzello from the article:
So it was just funny because Derek will never watch a baseball game other than the one he plays in.
Or maybe.... I guess he could just be saying that Jeter doesn't watch any baseball on television, period. But I still think that's odd..... "love of the game" and all that. And if the roles had been reversed and Alex didn't ever watch baseball on TV, this thread would've been piled on with people saying, "A-Fraud doesn't care about the game" or, "A-Fraud is just in it for himself", etc., etc.
Yes, but that quote is Borzello's take on the only fact in the story, that Jeter doesn't have the MLB package. It's just his wording is odd, and even if he was saying Jeter only watches himself on TV, you'd just have to say to yourself, "how does Borzello draw that conclusion from 'Jeter doesn't have the MLB package'?"
In the book itself, this tidbit is used more to describe the difference between Arod and Jeter. Arod is obsessive about baseball. It's all he does. He's the hardest worker, the most disciplined with his workouts, and when he's home, what else would he do but watch the West Coast games? He's so obsessed with baseball, that he assumes all other good players are the same. So it's shocking to Arod
that Jeter doesn't have MLB package. Verducci didn't write it to say, "Holy crap, can you believe Jeter doesn't have MLB package?" He wrote it to say Arod has baseball as a single minded obsession, whereas Jeter just plays.
You can still feel that way of course. I for one think it's a little strange. If I made $20 million, I'd have the European Soccer package, the Australian Rules rugby package, and the Dog Racing package in addition to the MLB package, but that's just me.