rmande09 wrote:astav said it perfectly. Jeter asked everyone to rally behind Giambi - not lay off him - because of what he was coming back from. Jeter was showing Giambi he could put his past behind him and welcome him back to the team after a tough time.
Asking the media and fans to stop ripping ARod would be childish. Every player in New York has to deal with the critics, it's part of the job. I'm sure Jeter tries to help ARod through the criticism behind closed doors, but publicly asking the fans and media to stop would probably make life worse for ARod. They'd bash him for not being able to deal with his own problems and it would magnify everything he does more than it already is.
It is idiotic to think Jeter is a poor leader for not publicly telling media and fans to lay off ARod.
What exactly was Giambi coming back from? He was coming back from the destruction he caused his body by taking ILLEGAL DRUGS.
He didn't get into a car accident. He didn't have a death in the family. He didn't come back from cancer. He took STEROIDS. Why should Jeter have to get the fans to rally behind him and not A-Rod...who did NOTHING except win an MVP and lead their team to the playoffs...only to get booed the following season after struggling a bit?