By Chris Olds | Editor
We all know that Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees are millions of dollars apart in their contract negotiations, but few of us can truly comprehend what that means.
After all, just one million would keep more than a few of us occupied — even that Dr. Evil guy, who we hear is an avid reader.
But how can we show casual sports fans just how far apart the negotiations are between the 27-time World Series champs and their captain who is now a free agent?
Easy. Some other numbers — some stats we might be able to comprehend. Here’s how you might be able to spend $15 million … the amount that Jeter was reportedly offered by the Yankees but wasn’t good enough:
— A million copies of Jeter’s 1993 Topps Rookie Card. Given that it was 1993, there are surely a million copies out there … they really let the presses roll back then.
— 1,153 game-used Jeter jerseys from Steiner Sports — if he somehow has that many more games to play.
— A mere 500 copies of Mickey Mantle‘s iconic 1952 Topps baseball card.
— 600,000 copies of Friday Night Lights Season 1 (starring Minka Kelly, of course) on standard DVD. We can’t wait for Blu-Ray, so we’ll settle for lower-definition.
— Ten million bottles of Gatorade, presuming we can’t get some kind of endorsement discount.
— 200,000 copies of the MLB2K11 video game for the PlayStation 3. (Remember when Jeter was on the cover of that game for three years straight? His last appearance was in 2007. We’re just saying.)
— Roughly 576,923 bottles of Derek Jeter Driven Black Eau de Toilette spray from Avon. That’s not including the buy one, get one for $5 special because we’re about as good at math as he is ranging toward third — we keed, we keed. We think …
— A mere 38 copies of every Jeter baseball card ever made of those priced on Beckett.com. The only exception there being all the cards where there weren’t that many copies made … and there are a few.
— 250,000 pairs of Jeter Jumpman cleats. Of course, you might be able to shop around and find a better price than we did at Eastbay.
— Two copies of every Topps trading card ever made for every sport — and everything else, too, according to Beckett.com.
— 90,909 authentic Yankees jerseys not worn by Jeter — presuming MLB.com will offer free shipping on that kind of an order. Just think, that means you could wear three fresh jerseys a day for the next 83 years!
Ok, ok … those items are more Yankees- and Jeter-oriented. We want to know what you’d buy for $15 million … let us know.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.