He would bring credibility back to this organization. He would attract players who usually wouldn’t give this town or this team a glancing sniff. His professionalism and leadership would serve as the catalyst for thwarting bubble-blowing tweet creatures.
And, he would be counted upon for providing the intangible qualities he’s exhibited his entire career.
Much like another Baltimore athlete, Derek Jeter makes players around him even better …..
Do mitigating factors against the sense of such a deal exist? Sure. There is little chance of Derek Jeter playing shortstop for 150 games, per season, when he’s 40 years old. There is also little chance he threatens with a .300 batting average, 200 hits and 25 stolen bases over the proposed 6-year period, either.
And, yes, such an enormous amount of money could be spent on players who’ll likely generate more on-field production over the next few years.
But, nobody …. and I mean NOBODY would reestablish the credibility of the Orioles organization, with a mere presence like Derek Jeter. He would change the culture – 13 years of embarrassingly bad baseball. And, that’s priceless.
For their part, Angelos, MacPhail (and Buck) couldn’t stop with Jeter’s addition. Glaring improvement on the corners is mandatory. After that, it’s incremental upgrades, annually.
Now, back to that dinner …..