There is a passage from a new book about Derek Jeter which references Yankee officials who said Don Mattingly could not stand his teammate, Wade Boggs. It went on to say that Don told Derek to fake a relationship with A-Rod like he had faked one with Boggs.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Knowing Don for over twenty-five (25) years I have never heard him say he hated anyone. It is not in his nature. I remember the days when he was battling Wade for batting titles. Don had nothing but respect and admiration for Wade. Never did I hear him mention disliking Wade, not to mention a hatred for him.
When Wade came over to play for the Yankees, Don embraced the former Red Sox star. He actually enjoyed playing with Wade. Today (5/19/11), Don emphatically denied ever making the statement concerning him providing Derek relationship advice.
While controversy sells books, I thought Don deserved to have the record set straight.
Schulte Sports, Inc.