Derek Jeter's negotiations with the New York Yankees last winter seemed to have been Round 1 in the tense transitional relationship between the club's accomplished Old Guard and management. Jorge Posada's episode over the weekend was Round 2.
And now there may be a Round 3 in the hours and days ahead after Jeter, in his statements to reporters, essentially exonerated Posada from any wrongdoing for taking himself out of Saturday's lineup against Boston. According to sources, Yankees management was surprised and frustrated by what Jeter said - particularly in his standing as captain - even after Posada acknowledged that he was wrong in his actions Saturday and apologized to manager Joe Girardi.
Anyone who has watched a player they liked (or even disliked) who could no longer perform well because he has aged would not be surprised by Posada and Jeter's declines. Rarely do players have compelling second acts (peaks). Although I do passionately hate the Yankees, I rarely transfer that hatred to a Yankee player because of his team-affiliation. So, I cannot say that I am happy that Jeter put himself on the wrong side of this conflict. They should accept the inevitable while taking pride in their accomplishments.