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Thursday October 2nd 2014

Derek Jeter: Deconstructing the Myth of the Yankee Captain

There is fact, and there is legend. There is Derek Jeter the ballplayer, and there is Derek Jeter the myth, and the myth—reflected in the outpouring of adulation and parade of retirement gifts normally reserved for the titans of the game—has outgrown the man. How did this happen? How did Derek Jeter, who never even won an AL MVP award, become this generation’s Joe DiMaggio? There’s no denying Madison Avenue’s role. The ubiquitous Nike RE2PECT ads, the schmaltzy black-and-white Gatorade commercials featuring an everyman Jeter glad-handing his way through the South Bronx ...

Where Should New York Yankees Turn to Replace Derek Jeter at Shortstop in 2015?

Derek Jeter's career is over, and for the first time in 20 years, the New York Yankees must think about replacing their captain. The void Jeter will leave in the locker room and off the field cannot be filled. He meant something special to the city of New York and to the game of baseball, and the legacy he leaves behind is one that can't be duplicated or replaced. His on-field production, however, is a different story. Jeter ceased being a productive major leaguer after the 2012 season, and even his staunchest ...

Ranking Derek Jeter’s 2014 Farewell Tour Gifts from Worst to First

It's possible this Derek Jeter retirement tour got a little out of hand somewhere between a kayak, an all-expenses-paid trip to something called the "Castle of the Rockies" and a salute from astronauts in space. To paraphrase Robin Ventura, Jeter wasn't given six months to live prior to the season, so the gifts upon gifts can understandably appear gratuitous. But the New York Yankees captain deserves it all. Let's not get it twisted.  And since we don't believe in re-gifting or de-gifting here—Jeter's (garage is) keeping each and every one of them—we decided to ...

Reflecting on All That Derek Jeter Was

On Thursday night, the crowd at Yankee Stadium erupted time and time again. DER-EK JE-TER... DER-EK JE-TER... DER-EK JE-TER! It was Derek Jeter's final game in the Bronx, the last time he would don his iconic No. 2 pinstriped jersey. The fans were desperate for one more memory. Boy, did Jeter deliver. With the game against the Baltimore Orioles tied in the ninth, Jeter, with a man on second, stepped up to the plate. Just as he had done so many times in his career, Jeter shot one the opposite way. It was a ...

Where Does Derek Jeter’s Hall of Fame Career Stand Among His Peers?

This is it, you guys. The day has finally come. It's time to bid Derek Jeter his final farewell. After the longtime New York Yankees shortstop plays one last game Sunday against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, he'll start making his way from the diamond to Cooperstown with a .309 career average, the sixth-most hits in history, 14 All-Star selections and five World Series rings. And boy, was it fun to watch him accumulate these things. From the Jeffrey Maier home run to his famous flip play to him becoming "Mr. November" to ...

Derek Jeter Injury: Updates on Yankees Star’s Status and Return

Derek Jeter's final series as a member of the New York Yankees could end with a whimper. The soon-to-be retired star was taken out in the fifth inning of Saturday's game against Boston at Fenway Park for undisclosed reasons.  According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, Jeter was lifted for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning with the Yankees losing 9-0: There was no immediate word on why Jeter was removed from the game, but the 40-year-old captain seemed to be moving gingerly as he returned to the dugout after ...

Derek Jeter Truther Wants You to Know the Captain’s Final Home Game Was Rigged

You might have tuned into NBC Sports last night and thought, “Damn, this is a long Derek Jeter commercial.” And you wouldn’t have been entirely wrong. Reality twisted into fiction at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, with real life taking on the facile shimmer of an advertising fairy tale. Viewers watched as Derek Jeter—the Captain—saved the day with a walk-off single in his last plate appearance in the Bronx. Fans cried, his nephew tipped a “RE2PECT” cap, and somewhere, a Nike exec shed a single tear into a wheelbarrow of $100 bills. The ...

Yankees Ball Boy Pulls Switcheroo to Keep Derek Jeter Foul Ball

Ah, yes. The old switcheroo. The bait-and-switch is a mainstay of old ballpark cons, but one young ball boy wet his feet in the art at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.  The incident occurred in the bottom of the fifth when Derek Jeter, playing in the final home game of his career, pulled a foul ball down the left field line. Acting quickly, the ball boy scooped up the ricocheting article and turned to face a wall of frantic humanity.  Hundreds of people in his immediate vicinity cried for a souvenir, and he gave ...

Predicting 5 Consequences of New York Yankees’ Disappointing 2014 Season

Missing the playoffs for the second straight year after not doing so in just over 20 years can often lead to some major consequences. Hopefully, the New York Yankees realize it's time to shake it up a bit. Now is the perfect time to look to the future. Derek Jeter has but a weekend of baseball left. Arguably the biggest icon left in baseball, Jeter won't be back in 2015. The Yankees will no longer have a face of the franchise. Just look around the field. Brian McCann may turn into the team's ...

Yankees Pitching Staff Sets Team Record for Strikeouts in a Season

The 2014 season has been a year of highs and lows for the New York Yankees, and despite losing several arms to injuries, the pitching staff has broken the previous franchise record of 1,318 strikeouts, according to a tweet from MLB Stat of the Day. Though he missed more than two months of action because of a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, Masahiro Tanaka has been the main producer of strikeouts, leading the team with 139 entering Thursday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. Hiroki Kuroda, who is scheduled to pitch ...
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