Derek Jeter on seemingly never-ending Alex Rodriguez drama: ‘It is what it is’
Derek Jeter was bombarded with questions from reporters on Monday about all the Alex Rodriguez drama while the New York Yankees minor league complex for a workout.
From the fact that Rodriguez won’t be with the team this season and how the Yankees will deal with it to being asked about Rodriguez’s decision to drop his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, all bases related to “The A-Rod Debacle 2013-14” were covered.
With Rodriguez withdrawing his lawsuit against the MLB and MLBPA on Friday, the fact he will sit out the 2014 season in its entirety became a foregone conclusion.
When asked about A-Rod’s absence, Jeter referred to it as “complicated.”
“We know the fact that he’s not here,” Jeter said Monday according to a New York Daily News report. “It’s a complicated situation. But, you know, it’s pretty much played out. That’s what’s happened.
“It is what it is,” Jeter continued. “He’s not here for this season and so we’re going to have to find ways to win with the team we have.”
Regarding the distractions — mainly A-Rod-related of late — that always seem to be prevalent in the Yankees organization, from top to bottom, Jeter shrugged off the notion that said distractions can’t be ignored, even the mess Rodriguez has created for himself and consequently, the Yankees.
“There’s always something going on, but it’s not a distraction unless it’s something you have to talk about all the time,” Jeter said. “I can’t tell you what he’s thinking. I can’t tell you if he’s glad about this or glad about that. You’d have to ask him.
“For us, we don’t have to deal with it. It’s over and done with. It’s a situation that he has to deal with. It is what it is. He’s not going to be there this year, so you have to find ways to get it done.”
While revealing that he has been in contact with Rodriguez via text message, Jeter appeared irked over the turn the line of questioning took when he was asked to provide insight regarding A-Rod’s state of mind.
“Ask him,” Jeter said. “It’s not my job to answer for him. I can’t answer that one.”
Jeter was asked if he was glad A-Rod dropped the lawsuits. “Am I glad?” Jeter repeated. “I don’t know what that means, ‘Am I glad?’ ”
When prodded whether A-Rod accepting the suspension lifted a cloud from the Yankees, Jeter said, “For us, look, we show up and we do our job. The situation that he’s in is a situation that affects him. You have to ask him how he feels about it, if he’s glad it’s over with.
“It’s not something that’s weighing on our minds when we’re playing games. It’s a situation he has to deal with and now it’s over and done with and you move on from there. But you’d have to ask him how he feels about that.”
Give the headache after headache Rodriguez has caused during his tenure with the Yankees, and how Jeter prefers leading a drama-free, low-key existence in both his personal and professional lives, one has to suspect he is as tired of A-Rod’s antics as anyone and probably wishes the pariah would just go away. Permanently.