01/29/09 12:18 AM EST
Jeter, Posada mum on Torre's book
In effort at fairness, players elect to withhold comment on skipper's work
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
The two veteran Yankees were on hand Wednesday night at Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation dinner in Florida, and they were asked almost immediately for their thoughts on the book, "The Yankee Years," co-written by the former Yankees and current Dodgers manager and Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci. The book is slated for a Feb. 3 release.
Their answers, or, more accurately, non-answers, were reported by The Associated Press, which also quoted former Yankees such as coach Don Zimmer, first baseman Tino Martinez and manager Buck Showalter.
"To be quite honest with you, people were saying this and saying that," Jeter told the AP. "Then all I hear is people saying, 'Wait until you read the book.' To be fair to everyone, I think you have to wait to see what's in it first and then give Mr. T an opportunity to address it."
Posada had similar things to say.
"I've got to find out what it's all about," Posada said. "You really can't comment on something that you don't know. I have no idea right now. I've got to read it. It's a matter of time for us to sit down and read it, and talk to Joe."
The book has already caused quite a stir.
In its pages, Torre criticizes several players, such as Carl Pavano and Gary Sheffield. And in the big headline-grabber of the week, it's revealed that Yankees teammates called Alex Rodriguez "A-Fraud," and that he was viewed by some as having an obsession with Jeter like in the movie "Single White Female."
"It gets to a point where it seems like we're always talking about the same thing," Jeter told the AP. "It seems like every year at this time it's the same questions about the same things. I think everyone is eager to get to Spring Training and start playing on the field."
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.