After the 2001 Yankees lost the World Series to the Diamondbacks on Luis Gonzalez’s broken-bat hit in the bottom of the ninth inning, a lot of the Yankees players were circumspect in defeat. Arizona had generally dominated the Yankees for the majority of that World Series, and New York was somewhat fortunate to even be in position to have a shot at a fourth consecutive title. Additionally, some of the older members of the dynasty understood that this would be the end for them; it was the last game ever played by Paul O’Neill and Scott Brosius, the last game for Tino Martinez and Chuck Knoblauch before they reached free agency. Even Mariano Rivera -- who allowed the Gonzalez hit -- spoke evenly, in defeat. Not Derek Jeter. Afterward, teammates recalled him stewing in the athletic trainers’ room -- where he nursed what would be diagnosed as a broken foot -- and absolutely furious over the defeat, enraged by the fact that the Yankees had lost despite being just a few outs away. His competitiveness and confidence were at the core of what made him great as a player and will undoubtedly drive him as he assumes control of the Miami Marlins' business and baseball operations. According to the Miami Herald, he has already dictated change, pushing out longtime Marlins staffers Jack McKeon, Tony Perez, Andre Dawson and Jeff Conine. Perez and Dawson are Hall of Famers who have been with the Marlins for many years, and they were fired over the phone. Perez was the only Cuban-American staffer in their baseball operations department and was dumped almost a year to the day that Jose Fernandez died. Jeter has not commented publicly on the decisions and may not until his group is formally approved by other baseball owners.
Derek Jeter must make impossible decision about Giancarlo Stanton's future
ESPN | Sep 25