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Derek Jeter scrutiny spawns a great name for a band

May 6, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

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Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger has a good overview of the State of the Jeter these days.  In it comes a quote from a scout who, after scrutinizes the hell out of Jeter’s current game, decries that Jeter is being scrutinized too much:

“That’s always easy to say when age comes,” the scout said. “He stays in great shape physically and mentally, has great feel for how to play the game. He’s being too scrutinized by the goofy saber-Gods.“

Not to be confused with the Hindu Love Gods. Or the Primitive Radio Gods. Or just the Gods. That said, “Goofy Saber-Gods” would make an excellent name for a rock band.

But let’s also be honest about something: it’s not the goofy saber-Gods who have made Jeter’s struggles front page news. They’ve been pretty accurately assessing Jeter, for all of his strengths and weaknesses, for years. This has only become a big story because now the mainstream media who talk to Jeter in the clubhouse every day are asking him about his struggles and openly speculating about moving him up and down the lineup, his legacy and all of that.

  1. BC - May 6, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Hey, Pearl Jam’s original name for their band was Mookie Blaylock (which is why their first album was entitled “10”, after Blaylock’s jersey number). Why not have a Sabre-Goofs band? I kinda dig it.
    I was always partial to the Pajama Slave Dancers as a great band name. There also used to be a local band in the Connecticut/Massachusetts area called Place Stamp Here.
    Ah, but I digress….

  2. yankeesfanlen - May 6, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Great name for a rock band? What are you turning into, Dave Barry?
    We ARE paying for situational hitting here, for corn’s sake.(I’ve already turned into Fred Mertz)

  3. Jonny 5 - May 6, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Okay, so they go from Geeks to Gods overnight? WTF?? Mybe Craigs head IS really bald for a reason? Like Lex Luuuuu-thor

  4. seanmk - May 6, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    “derek jeter’s sore hip” sounds like a better name

  5. Jonny 5 - May 6, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    I always thought Hamels could have been an accurate lead singer to a cover band for the Violent Femmes…..

  6. aceshigh11 - May 6, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Craig, how do you find the PERFECT photo for every post?

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 6, 2011 at 10:33 AM

      A lot of time on my hands and free access to the AP and Getty archives.

      • BC - May 6, 2011 at 11:17 AM

        This would have been a good photo to use as well….

      • aceshigh11 - May 6, 2011 at 12:31 PM

        That’s one of my personal faves as well.

  7. Ari Collins - May 6, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Past A Diving Jeter would be a good name for a band as well.

    • Kevin S. - May 6, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      You need to get the inflection right – it’s PAST a Diving Jeter!

  8. rebarratige - May 6, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Say what you will about “guys typing away in their moms’ basements.” At least that actually meant something. “Goofy saber-Gods” doesn’t even evoke a coherent mental image. Sounds like something Joe Morgan would scratch into his bedroom wall during a bad LSD trip.

    • dexterismyhero - May 6, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      Wow, can u imagine what Joe’s eyes would like during that trip?

      How about “Push Down and Turn”. Local band out of Indy a while back.

      Although “Past A Diving Jeter” sounds good.

  9. shawnuel - May 6, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    The fantasy team of mine that is doing well (ironically) this season is called “Jeters Never Prosper”.

  10. spudchukar - May 6, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    I was going to suggest “Errors in Judgment”, but will stick with my fav, “Noxious Weeds.”

  11. buddygrant - May 6, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    ‘Goofy Saber Gods’ is about as awful a band name as anything Dave Barry has come up with. Maybe its a good name for a hobby band of old musicians who are reeeally into baseball stats/snark, if such musicians exist.

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