Monday, October 23, 2006

O' Captain My Captain

All right, there is no sense in delaying the inevitable conversation any longer. The topic is Derek Jeter - Le Capitan.

The .317 life batting avg., 5 200-hit seasons, post season numbers that are money in the bank, and a top 5 fielder year in and year out is beyond reproach. Ok - he's good, maybe great as a producing ball player. - - It is not enough.

It is the intangibles, the qualities that are a must if you are going to lead a team to the top and simply put - Jeter comes up short in that regard and he is clearly in over his head.

It takes more than numbers to be a great leader; a great champion. It takes passion (think Paul O'Neill), it takes emotion (Brosius), and it takes loyalty (Mattingly). These are all areas in which it is highly questionable that Jeter possesses any of these qualities with any level of consistency. There is just too much evidence out there to dispute this claim (exhibit 1 and 2 - team lifelessness ALDS, no standing up for A-Rod). Other great players have been in a similar situation, some have figured it out and went on to win, and win big (Jordan - about 7 seasons), and others have yet to figure out and find themselves explaining why they came up short (Peyton Manning). So what's it going to be DJ?

If the Yanks are to regain form and return to the pinnacle, then Jeter needs to step it up in areas other than the numbers. He needs to lead the charge, and his teammates need to know he has their back so they can have the confidence to go out there and do what they are paid to do.

Captain or not, step it up.

5 comments:

The Scooyer said...

Last time I looked he had four rings. What you are spouting is so ludicrous that it hurts my head.

Mark Messier, who even you and your lack of sports knowledge would have to admit is one of the greatest leaders in the history of sports, hated Peter Nedved....I mean he just couldn't stand being on the some ice with him...so he ran him out of town. If that's what Jeter has to do to A-Rod, so be it. Incidentally, Peter Nedved had about as much heart as A-Rod.

The Scooter said...

You had me so flustered with your silly anti Jeter rant that I even typed my user name wrong...JEESH!

Anonymous said...

Once again, Jeter dumped Mariah Carey. Enough said.

A-Rod Fan who thinkgs the Mets are Gay. said...

Jeter is too worried about his carefully manicured image and not caring enough about his play.

Let's forget for a moment that he's barely a top 5 fielder in the American League at his position. He's the second best short stop on his own team.

Trade jeter - Keep A-Rod.

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