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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Jeter getting along with Sox in WBC

Derek Jeter and his usual foes Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia have not thrown any punches at each other. On the contrary, the season rivals are getting along just fine as teammates for Team USA during this year's World Baseball Classic.

From Mike Puma:

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.
It's very patriotic of them to get along, so I'm glad. These relationships, as well as watching David Wright and Jimmy Rollins try to get along is what makes this WBC great.

The US is back in action tomorrow, facing the winner of this evening's Italy/Venezuela game. Team USA has already advanced to the second round.


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