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The Yankees will be saved by Derek Jeter: “the transcendent one”

Feb 4, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

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If you thought we were past the Golden Age of Derek Jeter Deification, well, you just haven’t read Bob Raissman’s latest column in the Daily News. He has a suggestion as to how the Yankees can get past the latest A-Rod PED scandal:

The captain’s presence and persona are uplifting. They can cleanse any muck surrounding the organization. In order for fans to keep the faith, they need a reason to believe, a face they can trust. Jeter, the transcendent one, is that man.

If there is any doubt as to Raissman’s feelings here, note that in the previous paragraph he referred to Jeter as a “savior.” I’m assuming his first draft had “the” instead of “a” and capitalized “savior,” but it really doesn’t have to. He also recommends that the Yankees start working on a contract extension for Jeter now, with “face of the franchise” kickers. He suggests Jeter storylines should be pushed “ad nauseum.”

That’s well and good, but you know what will solve all of the problems people are imagining spinning out of the A-Rod thing? The Yankees winning baseball games. That’s what almost every Yankees fan cares about, full stop. This drama being played out in the media is interesting to those of us in the media, and it’s interesting as part of a larger conversation about PEDs in baseball.

But your average Yankees fan doesn’t need a “savior.” He or she wants to see the Yankees win a lot of baseball games.

  1. darthicarus - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Our Jeter, Who art a Yankee
    Hallowed be Thy Name;
    Thy World Series come,
    Thy will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily win,
    and forgive us our naysayers,
    as we forgive those who naysay against us;
    and lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil. Amen.

    • number42is1 - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      so instead of a wafer and some wine it would be a gift basket?

      • Old Gator - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        Borg Grace:

        The father
        the son
        and Derek Jeter,
        bless whomever
        is the fastest eater.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        That must be one hell of a gift basket.

    • cur68 - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      St. Jeter of Loyola: patron saint of guys with too little range, a great narrative, and terrific media chops. His symbol is any infield “E” but “6” with fingers crossed in his glove.

      • bigharold - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        To paraphrase Len, Leave Derek Jeter Alone!

    • 4cornersfan - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:31 AM


  2. schlom - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    His usage of transcendent is certainly correct, at least when referring to his Gold Gloves.

    TRANSCENDENT: being beyond comprehension

  3. Old Gator - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    No, the real apotheosis of Derek Jeter will occur some time after he has been declared immortal (though dead). In that day, in the distant future, one of Mark Cuban’s grandson’s groundskeepers will be patrolling the monuments in center field when he notices that the Jeter monument has been moved, and the lid of the 24-karat gold, diamond-studded sarcophagus in the crypt it had been covering has been slid aside, and it is empty, and there are no signs of footprints or any other evidence that anyone or anything has actually walked up to or away from it.

    Then, in those days, a new miracle, and a new transcendence, will be proclaimed.

    I will miss those Derek-and-Steinbrenner Ain’t Misbehavin’ commercials, though….

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      man, how the heck did you know I was thinking what you typed.

      I think the New York Daily News is becoming the New York Post.

      Maybe the Pope will make Jetes a Saint.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    And he KNOWS Jeter never used any PEDs how???? It’s pathetic how these BBWAA have their heroes and they are blinded by the light.


    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      2021, Cooperstown NY, HoF Induction
      Derek Jeter, having been elected with 99.99% of the vote, highest ever, steps up to the mic

      “Many ask me how I was about to do? All those years with the yanks, all the WS titles, 2nd in hits, etc. And I have to thank just one person.


      Ha, did it all by cheating, and you never knew.

      *drops mic*

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Derek Jeter is not a power guy, I think he topped out at 20 homers one year, so I doubt
      the PED connection.

      Derek Jeter is the only normal thing around the Yankees and if he said something
      I guess some Yankee fans can take comfort at a time when you have so much negative
      around the team at this time. I just need to hair ” play ball ” probably all the emotional
      soothing I would require. These day’s people are just so sensitive.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        Alex Sanchez says hello. I’m sure he’ll credit the steroids he got busted for in helping increase his HR output from 2 to 4…

      • nategearhart - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        You realize there are a ton more “PE”D users who never topped 20 homers than there are users who hit 40+, right? I mean, we’re not talking about some kind of magical tater serum here.

      • kirkvanhouten - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        True, all steroid users were power guys. That’s why Fernado Vina hit 45 home run in 2000 and Gary Bennett joined the 500 home run club.

      • cktai - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:59 AM

        Some players from the Mitchel Report and Derek Jeter in their career years:

        Chuck Knoblauch 13 HR .341/.448/.517 (career highest HR was 18)
        Paul Lo Duca 25 HR .295/.320/.374
        Miguel Tejada 34 HR .311/.360/.534
        Jerry Hairston Jr. 6 HR .326/.384/.487 (career highest: 10HR)
        Marvin Bernard 16 HR .290/.359/.457
        Armando Rios 10 HR .266/.347/.502 (14HR)
        Benito Santiago 30 HR .264/.332/.503

        Derek Jeter 24 HR .349/438/.552

        Jeter has a higher slugging than any of those guys. That is despite being an extreme GB hitter. From 2002 to 2012 (the period where batted ball info is available) Jeter is 3rd in GB% of all position players with a minimum of 1500 PA. Behind only Luis Castillo and Abraham Nunez. Unlike those two, however, Jeter has an above average HR/FB% (12.6% compared to 10% league average). So if he hits the ball in the air, he does display above average power.

  5. iman883 - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    I think Raissman had to change it because Travis Hafner is already known as “The Savior”

  6. heyblueyoustink - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Savior eh? Well, it sure beats being a minotaur, or centaur, or whatever.

  7. clamus68 - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Correction, Yankees fans only want Championships. I am not a Yankees fan yet I know enough of them to know winning 100 games is meaningless without a WS win.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      you my friend are wrong.
      as long as they are in the playoffs is enough for me.

  8. dowhatifeellike - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    The Yankees should just make him the official team mascot. It would save them a ton of money.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      hey, don’t say that about the SAVIOR.

  9. zzalapski - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I’m thinking Raissman was the big loser in the Daily News Super Bowl betting pool and had to write the most over-the-top column he could. In which case we should be thankful that Mike Lupica wasn’t the one who had to write it.

    • number42is1 - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Editor: Mike, i need you to write an over-the-top column on the Yankees
      Mike: Is it Monday already?

  10. chacochicken - Feb 4, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Derek Jeter with blue skin = Krishna. All Yankees fans are required to swim in the Ganges once a year henceforth.

  11. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    why Bob Raissman still has a job is a complete mystery, all he does is bitches about the annoucers over and over and over and over and over. Nothing but a broken record bobby

  12. cackalackyank - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    I think Jeter will go down as one of the great ball players of all time, however, unless he is going to bat 1st, 5th, and 9th he cannot save the mess that is the NYY offence.

  13. joegolfer - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    So he wants a contract extension for Jeter. Didn’t the guy just hold up the Yankees at gunpoint to get a new one.
    He amazingly lived up to it in the first year, at least at the plate, even if the fielding is diminishing fast. Yanks are gonna have to find a postion for him eventually.
    It’s a shame that the ARod contact can’t simply be dumped. He claims he quit PEDs in 2003, but he had his own Personal Trainer (separate from the team trainer) until 2009, and that trainer even travelled to the away games, stayed at their hotels. Oh yes, he as ARod’s cousin. And ARod always had the characteristic gynecomastia (female breasts) that accompany one who is coming off the use of steroids (Manny Ramirez got busted for using the drug to prevent it).
    Let’s face it: ARod has been using his whole career, not just a very brief period around 2003.
    Jeter has mostly been a class act, at least on the field, as far as we know. I can’t knock him for wild and baseless accusations. That said, by the time he lives out his current contract, his career will likely be over due to age, limited range, and decreasing abilities. Even Willie Mays slowed down at the end.
    Go out with dignity, Derek, and see you in the HOF.

  14. 4cornersfan - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    5 MLB teams have had 3 players suspended for PEDs: Mets, Phillies, Giants, Mariners and Rays. 5 more have hasd 2 players suspended. As of today the Yankees have had one, Matt Lawton in 2005. Yet the Yankees are the one that is in a “muck” and needs a Savior. Let Ye who are without sin cast the first blog; and, Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see the face of Bud Selig handing over the World Series trophy in 2013.

  15. deathmonkey41 - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Derek Jeter’s spit cures 14 known forms of cancer, but the medical industry is hiding that from you.

  16. nbjays - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    You’d think that if Jeter had done PEDs, he’d have at least found one that would increase his range… maybe even enough to keep “Pasta Diving Jeter” from becoming a byword.

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