In professional baseball we have all just witnessed a big bang-like collision between a false claim to a non-existing economic crisis and the wealthiest sports franchise on the face of the planet. The impact has birthed the unprecedented humiliation of the one of the game’s all-time greats. Derek Jeter, unfortunately, is the initial example of what it means get robbed in free agency in the 21st century.
Heading into the 2010 season, it felt like an opening day of old for the Yankees organization. The Bombers had finally gotten over the hump, laying claim as king of the hill by winning their 28th World Series Championship in 2009 and were ready to begin their rampant march to repeat. However, there was one big elephant in the room for New York, but in April it may have seemed to most as only a mouse. Clearly the elephant was Derek Jeter’s contract status after 2010. Jeter would be playing the final season of his ten-year, $180 million contract and would likely be demanding a hefty price for what would appear to be his final contract as a New York Yankee.