Manny Ramirez Threw Some Shade At Derek Jeter?
Just another guy? That’s right. Manny Ramirez threw a bit of a dig towards Derek Jeter crediting the Yankees for his fame. Manny essentially implied that Jeter would just be another ball player if he had played his entire career for the Royals instead.
“You gotta understand this. If you haven’t played in Boston or New York, you’re not in the big leagues,” Ramirez said. “It’s like if you put Jeter in Kansas City in those years, he was just a regular player.
It’s a fair point. If Jeter played for the Royals forever, he’s just another guy. If Manny Ramirez sticks in Cleveland forever, his legacy isn’t the same either. Playing in a big market and having postseason success is what gets you remembered.
It wasn’t really a super big dig at Jeter. They gave him his props later in the Red Sox NESN broadcast Monday:
“You put him on that big stage, you hit .400 in the postseason for many, many years, he’s the greatest in the history,” Millar said.
“He’s the greatest,” Ramirez said in agreement.
Nobody should have an issue with what Manny said. They gave Jeter his respect even though he’s really not the greatest shortstop ever. We have gone over this a million times. Jeter has the longevity and postseason pedigree on his side. When it comes to peak performance, Nomar Garciaparra was better than him. So was Alex Rodriguez. So is Xander Bogaerts. I can keep going if you would like?
Let’s be honest; if you did have an issue with what Manny said, get over it. 2004 happened and there are no bigger bragging rights than that right there.