Derek Jeter looked at the front page of a tabloid, the one that had a composite photo of his smiling face atop a chicken's body and the headline ''Cluck You!''
He just shook his head.
''What happened?'' Jeter asked.
What happened was that Mets closer Frank Francisco told the New York Post this week, ''I can't wait to face those chickens'' before his team hosted the crosstown rival Yankees in a three-game series starting Friday night at Citi Field.
Jeter and his teammates were more confused by the comment than upset by it.
''I can't be insulted by something I don't understand,'' Jeter said.
With a big grin, teammate Nick Swisher added: ''I don't even know what it means. ... I don't even know what to say.''
Alex Rodriguez wanted to know what kind of chicken: ''I like mine grilled.''
Francisco did not chicken out Friday afternoon, explaining what he meant by his odd comment. He said he thinks the Yankees often protest the umpires' calls.
''I (made) a simple comment because the...