According to the Associated Press, Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice spoke to players at the Little League World Series today and said that today’s major leaguers are too focused on individual goals and getting big contracts.
“You see a Manny Ramirez, you see an A-Rod, you see Jeter … Guys that I played against and with, these guys you’re talking about cannot compare,” Rice said.
Derek Jeter? Really?
Reality to Jim Rice: Jeter was at the center of four World Series champions (four more than you were) and has never once been accused of being anything but a team player. You owe him an apology.
Meanwhile, what is Little League Baseball thinking inviting an insolent jerk like Jim Rice to speak to kids? Albert Belle must have been busy.
Jeter will be asked about this today and it’s certain he’ll take the high road. Hopefully somebody on the Yankees will call out Rice on this. He deserves to be taken to task. What a classless remark.
UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: Here’s the full story.
What a travesty. This confirms everything bad you’ve ever heard about Rice.