Saturday, July 9, 2011

Derek Jeter Becomes First Yankee to Obtain 3000 Hits: Non-NY World Yawns

Thank god for Twitter and Facebook, otherwise I never would have known that Derek Jeter just became the first Yankee to amass 3,000 hits.

I've had an interesting relationship with Jeter over the years.  When he came into the league I hated him because he just looked like a smug dipshit, and most of his fans were female and didn't know baseball from horse fucking.  After a few years, I began to respect the type of player he is.  There are few like him still in baseball.  He always hustles, always busts his ass, and almost always shines when the spotlight is upon him.  There are too many fat Prince Fielders donuting (yeah, it's a verb now) their way to first base on ground balls, and not enough Jeters victimizing slow outfielders by turning singles into doubles.

As his career heads into the twilight, I'm starting to head back the other way.  Most of his fans are still female, even though his face looks like Ty Cobb stepped on it.  And he's starting to become more a jersey than a baseball player.  I get that the Yankees are something more than just a baseball team, and because of that any player in the uniform gets elevated beyond their worth.  I get it, but I don't have to like it.  Derek Jeter is a waste on the field, and should probably be phased into a lesser role.  He's kind of like a less obnoxious Brett Favre.  Sure he still has his moments.  Putting one over the fence for #3,000 is one of them, but they're fewer and further between than ever.

Jeter is a great player turned aging player who still occasionally makes great plays, most of them on the offensive side of the ball.  Congratulations to him for reaching a difficult milestone, but the longer he hogs the shortstop position with better players in the wings, the more he tarnishes his legacy.

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