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Great Moments in The Deification of Derek Jeter

Mar 26, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

This headline from Jon Heyman’s story at CBS gets at what annoys people about Derek Jeter coverage:


The story itself is fine. Scouts question whether Jeter is going to be able to get it done this year. Totally legit. I just didn’t see anyone talking about “The Great” Derek Jeter or the “miracles” he performs. How would that even go down?

Scout 1: Hey, Bob.

Scout 2: Hey Joe, what’s up

Scout 1: Kinda concerned the great Derek Jeter is out of miracles, Bob.

Scout 2:  Jesus, Joe. Pull it together. You’re a professional scout for cryin’ out loud.

Jeter has been a fantastic player throughout his career. Yet the way Jeter is talked about as some other-worldly player cum deity drives people nuts.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    All Hail, Great and Glorious Amazin’-Beep-Gimpy Beep. Where will find enough roses (and possibly lilies) to fill Yankee Stadium on Sept. 28th.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      I understand that a special order of lilies has already been placed.

    • stex52 - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Now, Len. You are just going to have to deal with this. You should have seen the victory tour for Craig Biggio. I’m a big Biggio fan, and I got tired of it.

      Now you are talking a much bigger HOF guy from a much larger media base. It will get endless and evermore fulsome before it is over. You will need a shovel to dig out from under it.

      • Old Gator - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        That big tunneling unit that pranged itself underneath Seattle a couple of months ago (though thankfully, not on the pipes leading to the original Crapper) ought to be available by September, though. We can ship it to Len whenever he’s ready for it.

  2. jrbdmb - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    The way he plays SS it looks like Rigor Mortis has set in. Has anyone actually checked Derek for a pulse recently?

  3. renaado - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Seriously !? Jeter is an Amazing players in the past when he was younger but expecting miracles for a soon to be 40 yr old and injury prone is crazy!?

    “Derek Jeter. You are an amazing athlete in this generation, if it weren’t for your amazing skills and devoted love for this game my Father won’t be a Baseball fan and so am I.. Thank you so much 😉.”


    My message for him in facebook MLB page was like this though. I really hope it makes it there.

  4. lukedunphysscienceproject - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    This article confuses me. Who, exactly, is looking for miracles from Derek Jeter this year?

    • largebill - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Joe Girardi?

    • 18thstreet - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      John Heyman.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      This Yankee fan is. Have you seen that awful infield this year?

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Jeter has never been much better than a replacement level fielder. As a Yankee fan, I can tell you that none of us are thinking that a miraculous season from Derek Jeter is the key to the Yankees chances this year.

      • nbjays - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        I think it’s a freakin’ miracle that he managed to parlay that horrid defense into five (count ’em… FIVE) Gold Gloves.

  5. mrmcl - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Real classless effort here Craig. Please try a little harder to refrain from using the name of Jesus in such a way. It’s offensive to many Christians. Thank you.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Your unsolicited request to me is offensive to many writers who do not have routine editorial supervision.

      • renaado - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Hey Craig, just asking.. When will the 2014 Preview: Atlanta Braves comes out? I’m really exited to see it 😀.

      • Old Gator - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        I doubt if any of the Alou brothers found it the least bit offensive.

      • stex52 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        Yeah, Craig. You got it wrong. It’s not “Jesus, Joe!” It’s “Jesus, Mary and Joseph!”

        Thirty-five years of Catholic in-laws.

    • 18thstreet - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      It’s offensive to you. That doesn’t mean it’s offensive to others.

    • moogro - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      “cum deity drives people nuts”

  6. ctony1216 - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Craig, the headline is referring to this section in Heyman’s story:

    “The scouts, too, allow for the possibility they could be dead wrong, that Jeter could have one more miracle in him, that in the year he turns 40, he can turn back the clock, just like he did in the year he turned 38. That year he led the American League in hits with 216 hits and was nothing short of brilliant, the most brilliant 38-year-old shortstop anyone has ever seen.”

    So, just so you get it, I’ll spell it out. When Jeter hit age 38, pretty much everyone in baseball figured he was washed up. Jeter had a subpar year the prior season. His legs were bad. He looked really crappy. Then, he hit over .300 again and led the A.L. in hits. So, in the eyes of all his detractors, his career looked dead. Then, like Lazarus, he raised himself up from the dead, figuratively, to the chagrin of all who doubted him.

    It’s not really deifying Jeter. It’s trying to paint a picture of the situation. No big deal, really. I’m sure most people get the analogy. It’s not that hard to figure out. I hope the headline doesn’t ruin your day too much. You shouldn’t let it. Bigger fish to fry, you know.

    • Old Gator - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Like A-Roid?

      • ctony1216 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        Like A-Roid??? WTF?

      • renaado - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        Lmao! Can’t you tell it was a joke?

  7. yahmule - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Meanwhile, Yankee pitchers are eagerly awaiting the day Brendan Ryan is healthy.

    • rje49 - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      Don’t you mean “Yankee pitchers are eagerly awaiting the day Jeter gets hurt”?

  8. bobwsc - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    did said scouts haggle over what is actually a miracle compared to a freak occurence, like Jules and Vincent in Pulp Fiction?

  9. mrmcl - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Craig, I’d like to give you a thumbs up for your comment above but I’m not entirely certain what it means. Have a nice day and God (Jesus) bless you.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Jobu does not approve.

  10. chip56 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    And this column should have been titled “Great Moments in Trolling Yankee Fans.”

  11. luisrivasbuttocks - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    At first glance I thought this headline read DEFICATION of Derek Jeter. This alternate article oddly piqued my interwar way more in its original imagined state… I need to smoke less weed.

    • luisrivasbuttocks - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      That should read *interest… Again less weed

      • yahmule - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        You’re fine.

  12. anxovies - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    I can’t wait until the final play of game 7 when Derek hits a walk-off HR and disappears forever in a brilliant flash of light as he crosses home plate. This is sensation of the highest order and we won’t see the like until Masahiro Tanaka’s final season in 2034, when he pitches his 300th win at the age of 45 and floats skyward on a glowing cloud.

  13. bigjimatch - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    I agree with the Craig’s characterization of Jeter as a “cum deity.”

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