Tuesday February 22, 2011 | 09:40 AM

The reason why the New York Yankees did not make it to the 2010 World Series sits on a 1.6-acre site on Davis Island, next to Tampa.

Derek Jeter's house,  all 31,000 square feet of it, was obviously a distraction.

This according to Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner. He said his players were not hungry last season, and mentions that players were "concentrating on building mansions and not concentrating on winning ..."

You can read the stories in the New York Daily News and the New York Post.

The Post story has a picture of Jeter's camp on the water. My concern is that it is too close to the water. Florida does get a hurricane or two, every now and then. The flood insurance premiums must be outrageous.

It would be enough to distract a guy.

Amazing what concerns the Yankees owner. Derek Jeter's focus has always been one of the Yankees' strengths.



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