You Only Really Need These 10 Records
(in no order)
- The Beatles - The Beatles
- Warren Zevon - Warren Zevon
- Sweetheart of the Rodeo - The Byrds
- Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin
- The Band - The Band
- Weezer (Blue Album) - Weezer
- Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan
- Cosmo’s Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - Pavement
- Sinatra at the Sands - Frank Sinatra
The problem with Derek Jeter is that no one seems to think about him rationally. On one side you have all of the enormous love and re2pect from Yankee fans and those who worship at the Altar of Jeter. On the other side, you have everyone else who think that he is the most overrated player ever to walk on a diamond.
Neither side has got it right.
Derek Jeter is a Hall of Fame professional baseball player, and that’s it. In a perfect world everyone would just understand that he is a very good ballplayer who led some of the best baseball teams in baseball history to five World Series. He has 3,000 hits, etc. He is a human man who benefited from natural talent, hard work, and luck.
Derek Jeter is also not the BEST baseball player of all-time, even of his own playing career. He benefited from the spotlight of playing in New York. He happens to be good-looking and fucked the hottest women on Earth consistently for years, so that draws more attention to him. He probably wasn’t the best fielder even though he won five Gold Gloves. He could have stolen more bases, if you ask me.
Rationally, there is no denying that he is a great player, but there is also no denying that in the history of the game he might not deserve all of the accolades that are being showered on him right now in his retirement season.
It’s all crazy! He’s a great baseball player. No other player has been so loved and hated while just being great. He has Hall of Fame numbers and there is no denying that. So that really should be the end of the conversation, not too much the five rings and, to my mind, undeniably clutch post season performances.
But it’s not, because so people many are extremists. Those who love, love, love Derek Jeter are no doubt nostalgic for the glory days of the 90s Yanks and will never accept a single criticism of the man, and everyone who hates him is either bitter, doesn’t understand what makes an athlete great, has an inferiority complex about where they live, or is a Red Sox fan, the only group of people who have the right to hate Jeter irrationally.
I am a lifelong Yankees fan. I like Derek Jeter. But damn it, more and more I see what all the haters are talking about, as the accolades and commercials continue to pour in.
See, I liked Derek Jeter because he was on MY team, the New York Yankees. I don’t expect and would never expect anyone else to like him because he wasn’t on their team. People shouldn’t like Jeter. It should be about respect, but respect isn’t about gifts and commercials - that’s about money and ratings. Respect takes place on the diamond, maybe say a kind word, maybe groove one down the middle during the All-Star game, and then move on. I don’t believe that respect has anything to do with showering a man with gifts and having Jay-Z appear in a commercial with him. Again, those things are about money.
But in the end, I return to the fact that Derek Jeter is a Hall of Famer and if he got more attention because he was in New York, whose fault is that? Most likely yours for paying attention and harping about it. Life unfolds the way it unfolds, and he got lucky along the way, in addition to HANDLING THE SPOTLIGHT well when so many others couldn’t. Not everyone could be this famous. Tony Gwynn was the best hitter of all-time perhaps, but he did it quietly with little expectations in San Diego. He’s great, no doubt. But he didn’t have to handle the pressure and responsibilities of playing in the largest sports market in the world. Derek Jeter should almost get more respect for being a businessman and cool customer than for being a great baseball player.
The only logical conclusion is that Jeter is a Hall of Famer, and if you want to call him overrated please do so because you think he should have stolen more bases, and not because people pay too much attention to him. Numbers don’t lie and Derek Jeter had one hell of a career. The hop jump he does from deep in the hole has nothing to do with how overrated he may be, it’s about how you feel about him as an opposing player on an opposing team. You don’t have to like Derek Jeter, and it’s silly to be mired in nostalgia and delusional thoughts about his true statistical place in the pantheon of baseball greats, but when a man wins five championships, he is considered great, regardless of what you think about The Flip.