Ever since the World Baseball Classic started, we've been hearing from the media about the fact that players on the Red Sox and Yankees, and Mets and Phillies, have had to play together for the United States (namely Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and Derek Jeter, as well as David Wright and Jimmy Rollins) and how bizarre it is that they are playing together.
The media seems to imply that these guys all hate each other because their clubs are archrivals. Articles such as this one seem to think it's the most unusual thing to see guys like Pedroia and Jeter having a laugh together while trying to help the US win the WBC.
In this day and age, the biggest rivalry in baseball is among the Red Sox and Yankees fans, and that's where any "hatred" may lie. Sure, there maybe players on both teams who may not like each other, but overall the majority of players like and respect each other. The days of guys like Bill Lee hating everyone on the Yankees (and vice versa) seem to have gone away. (Although on Facebook, I have seen the "friends list" of Kevin Youkilis and guess who is on it? Yep, one Joba Chamberlain. Go figure.) The fact that players move around as much as they do, along with the big money they all make have made "hating" each other a little less common.
Sure, it's bizarre to have to root for Jeter, but that will end when this tournament ends. So for now, the guys who supposedly can't stand each other because they are on opposite sides of the best rivalry in sports have come together for a common cause.
Let's Go USA! And yeah, even Jeter, for the time being.