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Here’s a piece on Ian O’Connor’s new book on Derek Jeter. The book, due out next month, is sure to ruffle some feathers.

[Picture by Edi Weitz]

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1 bp1   ~  Apr 25, 2011 3:04 pm

Is it too early to stick my fingers in my ears and start yelling LA LA LA LA LA??

Talk radio will be frothing at the mouth over this book. It will be The Torre Years all over again. Jeter doesn't seem the least bit interested in taking questions about the content, so maybe this will blow over quickly.

Doubt it.

Man, this is the sort of thing he HATES. Dude is having a difficult year (well - as difficult as a gazillionaire famous baseball player can have).

2 RagingTartabull   ~  Apr 25, 2011 3:07 pm

I have to admit I'm at least somewhat curious, it is after all a book about the Yankees, but O'Connor's unyielding hackdom dating back to his Daily News days is enough to make me say "I'll wait till its $5 at Strand"

3 Chyll Will   ~  Apr 25, 2011 3:27 pm

[2] Hacks have to eat, just like their cousin gangrene.

4 Jon DeRosa   ~  Apr 25, 2011 3:47 pm

no idea what the book will be like, but that excerpt is really weak. we already know that jeter was upset about the contract stuff, we already know he held a grudge against arod for a long time, and we already know most of the free world derides his defense.

none of that stuff is new nor surprising. and that is what they chose to excerpt?

and in none of it does jeter even look bad. arod made the negative comments about jeter a long time ago, it's up to jeter to forgive at his own pace. which this passage shows he was trying repeatedly to do. this also shows he was willing to take criticism about his defense and work to get better.

the only follow up question i would have for him is "if you didn't want the contract thing in the papers, why let your agent take the first shot?" but even that was from his agent - not him directly.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 25, 2011 3:53 pm

Fielding FIELDING. Defense is something they play in basketball.


Otherwise, totally agree, J.

6 Jon DeRosa   ~  Apr 25, 2011 4:12 pm

[5] fielding is shagging flies and taking grounders. defense is the whole she-bang, all the details that go into making plays and preventing runs.

7 Chyll Will   ~  Apr 25, 2011 4:21 pm

[5] "Defense is something they play in basketball."

- Michael Andrew D'Antoni, April 24, 2011

8 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 25, 2011 4:44 pm

6) I never saw it that way. I saw fielding as the whole she-bang. Oh well, you say Tomato...

9 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 25, 2011 5:21 pm

6) But interesting point. Gives me something to think about. But 30 years ago they called it fielding soup-to-nuts not defense, right? Isn't that a more recent thing?

10 Jon DeRosa   ~  Apr 25, 2011 5:27 pm

[8} In my sophomore year of high school, we won the county championship on something we called the "Ohio" play. up 1-0, tying run on second, 2 outs, last inning. we throw a pick-off play to second, just to keep him him close. then "Ohio." picher spins again to make the pick off attempt at second. runner dives in head first. shortstop and second baseman dive right behind the bag, come up with nothing but profanity. centerfielder and right fielder converge on a spot in right center field. 3rd baseman, glove over his mouth is yelling "GO, GO, GO." pitcher is running over to back up 3rd brokenhearted.

baserunner gets up and sprints to third where the pitcher is waiting with the ball which he never threw and the game is over.

with all due respect to your superior word choice, i can't call that "fielding."

11 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 25, 2011 6:08 pm

[7] D'oh!!!

12 Just Fair   ~  Apr 25, 2011 6:25 pm

[10] Bush. ; )

13 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Apr 25, 2011 10:35 pm

[10] You had me until the 3B yelling "go." As a 1B who loves the hidden ball trick, I'm OK with sleight-of-hand, but impersonating the other team's coach...

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