The Yankees were hoping to see Jeter get his 3,000th hit at home and were not happy with the Rays not agreeing to do a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. Listen to the hypocritical whiners:
"We tried to do it (Saturday) night," Levine said. "We figured all of our fans would be very disappointed. A lot of people were excited about it. We thought, 'Do it tomorrow night.' Our players voted for it. I don't know their reason. I assume they get it. Why Tampa voted no, you'd have to ask Tampa. I haven't the foggiest idea. I just don't know.
"Both teams have to agree," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "That's the bottom line. We voted to play. They voted not to play. I'm not sure why, but you've gotta move forward, so we're gonna play later on."
However, they're being hypocritical. The most relevant part of the story (emphasis is mine):
According to general manager Brian Cashman, the Yankees could have forced Tampa Bay to play a single-admission doubleheader on Saturday, which would have given Jeter three home games before the All-Star break to get to 3,000.
But Cashman said the organization decided against the single-admission doubleheader because it did not want to lose the revenue associated with having two separate crowds.
So it's not really Tampa's fault is it? If the franchise with more revenue than any other really wanted to guarantee Jeter got his 3,000th hit, they could've forced a true doubleheader. Instead, they're complaining about the small-market Rays. Blame the little guy.
How entitled. How convenient.
Their fans aren't taking it well either, just check out the comments at Pinstripe Alley: I'd print them here, but there's a lot of swearing involved.
Then there's Brian Cashman, who contradicts himself in a matter of seconds (emphasis mine):
"The decision for us to go to a split had nothing to do with Derek Jeter. It had to do with business reasons, it had to do with the All-Star break," Cashman said. "From the baseball operations standpoint, it would be best to (do it) tomorrow night. It's fan friendly, it's team friendly, it's Jeter friendly."
So the decision "had nothing to do with Jeter", and then you argue it's "Jeter friendly"? That makes sense.
Stay classy, Yankees.