Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss.
As Derek Jeter begins his second full season as CEO and minority owner of the Miami Marlins, the 44-year-old Yankees legend is already displaying George Steinbrenner-like qualities despite the fact that the Marlins have undergone a full-blown rebuild since Jeter took charge.
"I have no patience," Jeter told reporters Monday. "I have zero patience. I've been preaching it. I don't have it."
Those words, given while both his team and his ballpark are under construction, are very much the words of a man who embraced the perennial Steinbrenner edict to win -- and did just that by winning five World Series as a player.
But the Marlins are a long way from satisfying Jeter's desire to win. He knew what gutting the team would mean, and in 2018 it meant his club finishing last in the National League at 63-98. And they just recently traded their best player from last season, catcher J.T. Realmuto, to the division-rival Phillies.
Yet Jeter seems intent on setting a certain level of expectations, either out of stubborness or an attempt to establish the kind of culture he feels is necessary for growth.
"Patience is something that you have to learn," Jeter said. "But I'm fine with not being patient. It's like I say: When you're at the major-league level, you're here for a reason, because these players have been better than most other players in this country and in other countries as well. And if you're here, you have an opportunity to win. I can't preach that enough."