A-Rod may want Jose Reyes with the Yankees. But Team USA is happy with Derek Jeter.
Jeter was named captain of the team by manager Davey Johnson. His locker at the team base in Clearwater is right between David Wright of the Mets and Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies.
“Derek is the peacemaker,” Wright joked.
Wright was then asked about playing with Jeter.
“As a young player in New York, there are certain guys you try to emulate, certain guys that you want to learn from both on and off the field,” he said. “I’m excited to have a locker next to him and to play next to him so I can pick hopefully his brain a little bit. Both on and off the field, obviously he’s a class act on and off. I’m interested to get inside his head.”
Dustin Pedroia spoke glowingly about getting to know Jeter for the first time at the All-Star Game last season.
“It was the first time I actually got a chance to talk to him other than on the field asking him how he was doing, things like that. It’s awesome to pick his brain and see what makes him go. He’s a special player,” he said. “It’s fun playing against those guys. They’re such great players and they play the game the right way. I think the fans and the media think it’s a big rivalry. But I know there’s respect going on from both sides and that’s what makes playing the Yankees special.”