In fact, Jeter and the Yankees were working on that very drill during Wednesday's workout in Tampa.
"I asked Gary Tuck," Valentine said. "He said they do practice it. Total mistake on my part that they don't practice it, that's for sure. And he said that when they practiced it, Jeter always got there late in practice. In that game, he got there on time."
Valentine wanted to make it clear he was talking about the play only in the pure context of baseball fundamentals, and he left no mystery about how he feels about Jeter.
"I love Derek Jeter," Valentine said.
As for the play itself, in which Yankees right fielder Shane Spencer airmailed two cutoff men and Jeter was on the first-base side of the pitcher's mound and flipped home to get Jeremy Giambi?
"So it's interesting," Valentine said. "As I said yesterday, the shortstop there is being aware, but it's hard to practice that, because why are we going to practice a bad throw? It's not what we're doing here, but I get it. I get it. Believe me."