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While I don’t deny that Derek Jeter is a worthy candidate for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year, and that it’s an incredible accomplishment considering he is the first New York Yankee to win the award since it began in 1954, my cynical nature disagrees with the belief that he should receive the credit alone for the 2009 Championship or A-Rod’s turnaround after he admitted in Spring Training to taking steroids earlier in his career.

That being said, Jeter had a terrific 2009 season and became the oldest shortstop to ever win a World Series, his fifth ring overall and first since 2000.  Moreover, Jeter’s philanthropy has been strong during his 14-year career through his Turn 2 Foundation, which was established to give to organizations that help young people stay away from drugs and alcohol.

Congratulations, Number 2.

SI names Derek Jeter 2009 Sportsman of the Year (SI.com)

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Gold Glove AwardOn Tuesday, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira took home the gold glove awards for their respective positions, the fourth for the Captain and the third for Tex but first as a Yankee.  Said Teixeira, “I’ve always been cognizant of the fact that you’re not going to get a hit every time up.  You want to hit 1.000, but if you don’t, you can’t take it out to the field.  One strikeout in a game is not going to be the game, but one big error with men on base in the eighth inning might be the difference between a win and a loss.”  That’s certainly one way to rationalize hitting .180 in the postseason.

Silver Slugger AwardOn Thursday, the two potential MVP candidates also picked up Silver Slugger awards after their impressive seasons at the plate.  For Jeter it was his fourth, winning it the last four straight years, and for Tex it was his third overall and first since 2005.  El Capitan had one of his best offensive seasons, hitting .334 and an OPS of .871 with 212 H and 107 R in the leadoff position.  Tex also had a great season, hitting .292 and an OPS of .948 with 122 RBI and an American League high of 39 HR and 43 2B.

Jeter, Tex take home Gold Gloves (MLB.com)
Jeter, Teixeira win Silver Slugger Awards (MLB.com)

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Derek Jeter and Mark Wahlberg on location of The Other Guys. (WireImage)In an upcoming Will Ferrell movie, Derek Jeter plays the antitheses American–riches to rags–who finds himself as a bum after winning five World Series rings.

I’m not sure how it will play out on the big screen, but apparently Wahlberg and Ferrell won’t be doing anything more than just staring.

 

'Aging' Jeter playing himself in upcoming flick

‘Aging’ Jeter playing himself in upcoming flick  (MLB.com)

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Jeter's Postseason Moments

Jeter's Postseason Stats

Enough said.

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Dynamic Duo

Dynamic Duo

With a clean single up the middle in the bottom of the seventh inning, Derek Jeter got his 200th hit of the season as a shortstop (he played a couple games as a DH) and he and Robinson Cano are now the only shortstop/second base combo to each have 200 or more hits in a season.

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Amid all the MPV posturing, deadspin.com explores the possibility that Derek Jeter isn’t more than just a baseball player, he is the messiah of baseball.  But before George Frederic Handel writes an oratorium called “Captain,” maybe someone should re-examine Jete’s stats.  I would think that his slugging percentage is well below that of the man from Galilee.

With that being said, here is a quick breakdown of what constitutes a single, double, etc for slugging percentage comparison purposes only.  (Editor note: no testimonies were shaken in the production of this comparison chart). 

Single – missionary work such as conversion of a gentile to the Gospel, including baptism

Double – exorcism of an evil spirit, teaching via an analogy

Triple – “Intangible” miracles such as turning water to wine, walking on water, loaves & fishes, etc.

Home Run–“Tangible” miracles such healing someone from a life-altering ailment (blindness, deafness, sickness, etc.)

No matter what I put, I think I’ll underrate the raising of Lazarus from the dead, so I’ll just call that the Land Rover Drive of Eternity and call it good.

Anyway, to further support the hyperbole, feel free to visit the site: http://deadspin.com/5360440/jesus-is-the-derek-jeter-of-christianity

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Now that Derek Jeter has passed the great and legendary Lou Gehrig on the list of all-time hits by a New York Yankee, let the unabashed and shameless Slobber-fest begin.  All throughout the day on Thursday & Friday of last week (BTW, Jeter tied the record on Wednesday with three hits and then broke it on Friday with a clean single to right field), New York sports radio continued to run the Jeter flag up the greatest-of-all-time-Yankees pole and marvel in his many accomplishments including four World Series rings, his All-Star MVP and World Series MVP in the same season (2000), his nine-time all-star appearances, his three gold glove awards, his considerably improved play from the shortstop position, etc, not to mention his immeasurable intangibles.  In lockstep with New York pundits, I too would like to express my absolute infatuation with Derek Jeter, both the person and the player.

I strongly encouraged Nikki (she might say beg) to let us name our second son Derek because what could be more fitting than to name our number two after the great number 2?  Anyway, after much debate, we negotiated that both of our sons would have a connection with Mr. Jeter because Ben’s middle name begins with “D” and Nate’s middle name begins with “J.”  A fitting compromise to the first tough decision we’ve had to make as parents. 

(Let the slobbering continue) I believe that one day we will tell our grandchildren that we saw Derek Jeter play baseball.  He and the Yankees’ incredible post-season run from 1995-2001 are without a doubt the solidifying reasons of why I entrenched my passion deep into the Yankee Universe; however, I have only recently (since 2003) followed him more closely through the advent of MLB.tv, which, for good or for bad, allows me to watch every at bat throughout the 162-game schedule.  I am certainly not disappointed that I have this luxury (and might go as far to say this blessing), but Nikki’s feeling may be a little different.

(More slobbering) I always pause whatever I am doing when he is at the plate, not because he’s going to hit a home run, but because of the upmost respect I have for his comportment both on- and off-the-field.  I never look at athletes as role models, including Jeter, because I believe ultimately parents are responsible for raising and rearing their children.  At the same time, I find his leadership inspiring and I appreciate the calmness and confidence with which he approaches each situation, be it a pressure situation or otherwise.

In short, even though my cynical and skeptical personality prohibits me from putting much stock in an athlete because you will never know who they truly are, if ever there were a person I could say I love outside of my own family, it would be Derek Jeter.

(End slobbering).

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