This is just a question, and I'm not sure where I stand one way or the other. Jeter is widely known to be both a tough competitor and also really self-centered. And he's also clearly not on great terms with A-Rod, whose struggles are epic and well documented this post-season. So, I am wondering, as a less agile 38-year-old shortstop and leadoff hitter, does he really want to see his team go all the way while he sits on the bench?
If the Yankees win without him, which is looking less likely, then there are going to be more questions about his role, both in the field, and at the top of the lineup.
If they lose, his importance as their "table setter" probably increases. Even, his defensive deficiencies could seem less critical, given his hitting prowess.
I know that if asked, he'd of course say he wants them to go all the way, but I am wondering if in reality, he'd actually want them to lose without him, to solidify his role.
Basically, does his competitiveness and drive to win change once he's no longer playing? Is he big enough to but the team before himself?
What do you all think?