Surviving the American League 2: Derek Jeter

Apr. 16, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

In light of the pending switch to the American League, each week TCB is helping you adjust to the trauma, breaking down a particular topic each week...Next up the one that got away, Derek Jeter.


Derek....really?
TCB: Despite being saddled with his first name, the clean cut American is one of the most recognisable athletes out there today, even if he is creaking at 38. However at first glance he is leading the Yankees in HR, hits, batting average and slugging percentage in this young season.
Wow 12 all-star appearances and five gold gloves. What a superstar!
TCB: Yes, about that...
Why should Astros fans care?
TCB: Jeter may have been an Astro in the first round of the 1992 draft the last time Houston had the first overall pick, if not for...
Drayton McLane?
TCB: Bingo. That or George Steinbrenner and a vast global conspiracy.
Who'd we get instead?
TCB: Phil Nevin.
Better than Chris Burke though?
TCB: Yes, but he spent only 18 games of a solid career with the Astros.

Tell me more about this Derek Jeter.
TCB: 3000 hits and a sparkling career guarantee him a place in Cooperstown. ‘They' call him Mr. November.
That's something to do with facial hair and raising money for charity isn't it?
TCB: No, that's Movember. Despite having a miserable series against the D-backs during the 2001 WS he gained considerable notoriety for a walk-off home run off Byung-Hyun Kim just as the clocks struck midnight.
Oh I remember that, there was an incident with two NY dancers Mystique & Aura?
TCB: You're thinking about erroneous comments from Curt Schilling before the series started.
Surely there's a few ghosts in the closet?
TCB: Does Mariah Carey count as a ghost?
Didn't he invent the clutch?
TCB: Labelled Captain Clutch by the media, the term ‘clutch' only really exists in the heads of people like broadcaster Michael Kay.
How does he do it?
TCB: Beloved captain to Yankee fans, there are aspects to Jeter's character behind doors that may or may not be as savoury as his clean-cut image. He and Alex Rodriguez reportedly clashed in the aftermath of the latters' blockbuster trade from the Rangers.
Overrated?
TCB: Underrated by those who call him overrated, and overrated by those who say he's underrated. Wait, now you've confused me.
Range of a bar stool?
TCB: Unequivocally yes. Never has the gold glove been bestowed on a player less deserving. But his offensive statistics at a primarily defensive position speak for themselves. Guys like Troy Tulowitzki may yet eclipse Jeter's career accomplishments at shortstop.
So we should admit defeat?
TCB: Pretty much. Hal Newhouser was right. God rest his soul.
What about those who preferred Phil Nevin?
TCB: No such person exists.
Will Byron Buxton be Derek Jeter II?
TCB: If you read Keith Law you would think so.

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