From the NY Post:
Love is in the air between the Yankees and Red Sox.
Maybe “love” is a little strong, but Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis don’t mind saying they have formed a bond with Derek Jeter as members of Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.
You only need to spend a few minutes around the batting cage to hear the good-natured bantering and wagering of side bets – payable in pushups – to realize many of these U.S. players have built a rapport. Jeter and Pedroia are among the ringleaders.
Pedroia recently set the tone when he posted a deodorant ad in his locker. In the ad, Jeter is standing outside Fenway Park, and the message says, “Every day is a walk in the park. Even this park.”
Jeter couldn’t help but laugh at Pedroia’s posting.
“You get to know guys playing against them, as players,” Jeter said. “But one of the good things about something like this is you get an opportunity to put personalities with the players.”
Previously, Pedroia and Youkilis had only spent time with Jeter as part of last year’s AL All-Star team.
Pedroia has no problem admitting he’s the biggest instigator among the bunch.
“I like to keep it loose and have fun,” Pedroia said after yesterday’s workout at Rogers Centre, where Team USA resumes play tomorrow night, having already clinched a berth in this weekend’s second round in Miami. “I think [Jeter] kind of laughs at me the whole time. He probably thinks I’m crazy.”
Youkilis said he has always respected Jeter, but spending the past week with him has taken that admiration to another level.
“[Jeter] has been unbelievable, and you see why he’s the captain of the Yankees,” Youkilis said.
To be perfectly honest, I hate this — in fact, it makes me want to shatter my keyboard. I love imagining that there is an actual rivalry between the two opposing sides — Boston and NY– where Joba Chamberlain dreams about firing 95 mph fastballs at Kevin Youkilis’ sweaty head (for the third time?) and where Derek Jeter wishes he could fight Jason Bay for no apparent reason. Alas, that’s not the case though — not in today’s game (the fans are more likely to fight than the players). In fact, during the off-season, I was thrilled to hear that Jason Varitek was returning to Boston, simply because I know he and Alex Rodriguez hate each other.
That’s one of my favorite things about A-Rod (one of many). The Red Sox, for the most part, don’t seem to like him very much and I think that’s awesome.
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