In case you didn’t get to see Jim Rice’s disgraceful comment about Derek Jeter, here’s the wonderful nugget from Bryan Hoch:
The AP reported that Rice said he believes today's big leaguers are too focused on individual goals and getting big contracts.
"You see a Manny Ramirez, you see an A-Rod [Alex Rodriguez], you see [Derek] Jeter ... Guys that I played against and with, these guys you're talking about cannot compare," Rice said.
Rice said this to a group of little leaguers participating in the Little League World Series in a cafeteria before the start of the tournament.
Rice’s comment was completely out of line, and he had no right to include Jeter in this conversation. Do I even have to mention Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation, his captaincy or his four World Series rings? Everything about Jeter screams selflessness, but apparently Rice got caught up in his $20 million salary.
Jeter shrugged it off, as usual.
"That's a first for me," Jeter said. "I didn't know I was like that."
Rice, a Red Sox slugger and one of the newest Hall of Fame inductees, always has had rumors of bad character surrounding him. Now, he has embarrassed himself even more with the media.