Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Investigative Journalism at Its Best
John Harper wrote this column in the Daily News regarding Jeter's hitting woes and how this may affect his contract negotiations this winter. The article contains quotes from two former teammates of Derek Jeter, who both speculate that Jeter will expect to get paid. Now over the years Jeter has played with countless teammates. You have t-ball league, pee wee league, little league, junior high team, high school team, travelling team, church softball team, multiple levels of minor leagues, plus all the Yankees teams Jeter has played for. That said, the two "anonymous" sources cited by Harper are Tino Martinez and John Flaherty. How do I know this? Well, both are former teammates of Jeter. Both were in New York covering the Yankees broadcast for the YES Network. Further, one of the comments, the one about Jeter being confident that he'll hit .330 next season, sounds curiously like something Tino Martinez said during one of the broadcasts (or was it Flaherty? Can't remember, either way, one of them was talking about Jeter's limitless confidence). I'm guessing that the first quote, the one about hitting .330, is from Tino, and the second quote, the one about Jeter saying all the right things, is from Flaherty. You can almost hear their voices as you read them, especially that second one. It sounds like it's coming from an analyst. How's that for investigative journalism? I just uncovered two super-secret anonymous sources.