Yankees’ Jeter: ‘No Problem’ With Hank’s Comments

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Derek Jeter doesn’t agree with Hank Steinbrenner’s comments about a lack of hunger on the Yankees last season, though he has “no problem with it.”

“When you don’t win, people always say that the team wasn’t hungry,” Jeter said Tuesday. “We got beat by a team that was better than us in that series. That’s the bottom line. I wouldn’t say there was a lack of hunger, I just think we just didn’t play as well. That’s why we lost.”

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Steinbrenner said Monday that some of the players were “too busy building mansions and doing other things” after winning the 2009 World Series.

Jeter was having a multimillion dollar home built last year, when New York lost in the AL championship series to Texas after fading in the second half of the season and winding up with the AL wild card.

“My name wasn’t brought up,” said Jeter. “He didn’t say my name. I know there’s an assumption, but I look at the positive side of it. My name didn’t come out of his mouth.”

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Jeter said he understands most of Steinbrenner’s comments, but “the house, I didn’t understand. That’s a first. That’s funny, I think. I’m not moving, so we won’t be talking about this again.”

“I think, maybe, they celebrated too much last year,” Steinbrenner said Monday. “Some of the players, too busy building mansions and doing other things and not concentrating on winning. I have no problem saying that.”

“Owners can say whatever they want to say,” Jeter said. “They’re owners, they’re entitled to their opinion. You don’t always have to necessarily agree with their opinions, but they can say what they want to say. I have no problem with it.”

Do you agree with Hank? Jeter? Sound off below!

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  • dabooch

    Hey, for some people a tent or taking up residency under a bridge works. Jeter put people to work he spent a small percentage of his wealth, what is wrong with that?

  • Happyman

    When someone is giving u millions of dollars for no reason u better not have a problem with what he says

  • steve shaw

    jeter can hold the whole phillies in his house team and they will forfeit the world series

  • djanova

    1. Hank comments have no bearing and Hal is the brains of the operation.
    2. Having seen Jeter play since 1995 you know he is always focused on winning no matter how good or bad he plays.
    3. I see another Visa commercial in the works :)

  • Oliver Massand

    Hank is going to cause trouble with the Yankees players. I am not impressed by his mouth or his brain

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