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Jimmy Rollins Didn’t Want to Be Traded to the Yankees Because of Derek Jeter

Jim Adair - March 5, 2015

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Before Jimmy Rollins was shipped out west to drape himself in Dodger blue, there were rumblings he’d be headed on a northbound Amtrak to don some pinstripes. Those rumors were shut down when we found out that Ruben Amaro was asking the Yankees for their top prospects (which they were not willing to give) and that J-Roll™ would turn down any trade to the Yankees with his no-trade clause. “Good,” we thought. “He won’t betray us to go play for everyone’s enemy.” But Rollins was thinking “Hell no, there’s no way I’m replacing Jeter.”

And why didn’t he want to fill Jeter’s well-worn shoes? He’s too old.

“I wasn’t going to go after (Derek) Jeter,” Rollins told Jon Heyman. “If I was 26, Ok. But I’m 36. There was not enough time.”

[Editor’s note: Never has a player been more concerned with his place in team lore than Rollins.]

Enough time for what? To make his mark? To exit Jeter’s shadow? To do something with the Yankees? To get to the gift basket store? I don’t even care. I understand Rollins had to go and I’m fine with him in Dodger blue. Those navy pinstripes though? Hello no.

However, it could have been even more painful:

If there was no deal with the Dodgers, Rollins would have been in a difficult spot trying to decide between the Mets and Phillies.

“That would have been tough,” he said. “I would have given it a lot of thought.”

Well, let’s just not think about that.

Derek Jeter Is Launching a Sports Blog

Kyle Scott - October 1, 2014

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Welcome to the game, Jeets.

Today, Derek Jeter announced the (horribly named) The Players Tribune, an online destination for athletes to connect directly to fans in a way that’s different than social media ostensibly because there will be non-idiot editors editing the moronic thoughts that idiot athletes would otherwise idiotically post on Twitter, for idiots to read.

Here’s how “Jeter” explained it:

So I’m in the process of building a place where athletes have the tools they need to share what they really think and feel. We want to have a way to connect directly with our fans, with no filter.

I am working with other athletes, with editors and with producers to create a platform that gives us a chance to say what’s on our minds. It’s called The Players’ Tribune. Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing a strong core of athlete editors and contributors who will shape the site into an online community filled with first-person stories and behind-the-scenes content.

There are, precisely, two ways this can and will go down:

1) This is a pseudo brilliant outlet for athletes to take you INSIDE, to talk about their thoughts during the moment you just watched them perform. Don’t underestimate how interesting it could be to hear, say, Darren Sproles describe the feeling of EXSPROLDING all over the field. It’s why athlete interviews on podcasts are so much better than in press conferences– because they’re not carefully choosing their words in fear of creating a story they didn’t want. Most quotes and player interviews are just a grab-bag of coached clichés designed to get the mic out-of-face quickly.

Similar ideas to this one have been tried before but have never really caught on. Jeter carries enough clout – with athletes and readers – to make it work. If his site is what he says it is and uses editors and actual media people to help athletes connect more directly and professionally with fans, then this could be a thing. The player diary concept used on team websites – which can sometimes produce interesting reads – comes to mind.

2) The much more likely scenario: It’s a bullshit PR apparatus that will allow athletes to spew even more-rehearsed lines, take part in even more-elaborate publicity stunts, and promote even more-disingenious charity efforts. If you think listening to athletes speak extemporaneously is boring, wait until you read their words after they’re filtered through a lame corporate suit with the help of a man whose existence is defined by his ability to choose the right lame corporate suit to do his bidding.

Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk, who took a moment off from trolling the Phillies, thinks it’s the latter:

But what it will not do is provide fans with any candid insight into these players’ lives. At least not insight that the player doesn’t specifically want to provide. Yes, the media can and often does distort what an athlete has to say and that’s crappy. But good reporters who are straight-up with their subjects have often been nonetheless able to give us a look behind the stage-managing and the spin of publicists and P.R. people and tell us something important or interesting about the subjects they cover. To reveal the human side of athletes, their fears, their foibles and what makes them tick, often in ways the athletes themselves are either unable or unwilling to articulate or, often, may not even know.

Jeter obviously has some post-baseball goals, and this is probably the first one that was pitched to him that he liked. It’s interesting to me because it’s a new take on new media. The problem, however, is that it’s newsmakers writing the news, which is the worst kind of news. I also hate the name. If you’re starting a project that has anything to do with media, the last thing you want to do is reference something as dated as a newspaper. Tribune evokes terrible, terrible thoughts for what is presumably the target reader here.

Let’s All Listen to this CBS Sports Radio Producer Cry About Jeter’s Retirement

Jim Adair - September 26, 2014

Now that Derek Jeter ended his Yankee Stadium career last night — in admittedly spectacular fashion — we’ve only got until Sunday and Jeter’s final official at-bat until all the masturbatory praise and obsession around “The Captain” comes to a harmonious end. But before that happens, let’s all laugh at this guy who cried about it.

The DA Show — hosted by Damon Amendolara — runs from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. on CBS Sports Radio out of New York. And the show’s producer Shaun Morash (known as Mraz), is a pretty emotional guy. He had a special moment when the Rangers traded Ryan Callahan. And earlier this week, he caught his last game at Yankee Stadium in Derek Jeter’s final season. Of course, he wept about it, and the result is hilarious and just what we needed to satisfy our “we really don’t care about Jeter” urges. Throw it on in the background. It’s long, but the last few minutes are the best.

What, Are You Surprised Adam Wainwright Grooved a Couple of Pitches to Derek Jeter?

Kyle Scott - July 16, 2014

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From ESPN:

“I was going to give him a couple of pipe shots,” Wainwright said. “He deserved it. I didn’t know he was going to hit a double or I would have changed my mind. I thought he was going to hit something hard to the right side for a single or an out. I probably should have pitched him a little bit better.”

Chances are the negative fallout from the event will blow over relatively quickly. But this much is certain: Wainwright’s biggest claim to fame in New York will no longer be freezing Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran with a curveball in the ninth inning of Game 7 in the 2006 National League Championship Series.

Wainwright will undoubtedly be subjected to his share of criticism over the coming days. He’ll be accused of raining on Jeter’s parade, of cheapening the Captain’s moment and of undermining the integrity of the All-Star Game. He understands that better than anyone, which is why he spent the better part of 10 minutes after the game flogging himself for his bad judgment.

And now, the faux outrage because this time it counts. Apparently.

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I’m so baffled by all of this. Of course Adam Wainwright grooved a couple of pitches to Derek Jeter on Derek Jeter night, the night Derek Jeter’s name was mentioned 100 times during the broadcast (and mostly rightfully so, by the way). He stood behind the mound and APPLAUDED THE HITTER before the at-bat. The hitter congratulated the catcher and wished him well. What, did you expect Wainwright to throw a bow-tie and snap off a couple of breaking balls? Of course not! Here are my best fastballs. Hit ’em if you can. Pitchers have made careers out of doing that. Never mind the fact that it was the first inning of an All-Star Game where, typically, you try to throw a couple of strikes to kick off the meaningless exhibition. It doesn’t count. The last thing on the minds of 90% of the players last night was home-field advantage in the World Series, a nebulous prospect even for those on the best teams.

Wainwright made his comments to reporters during the game (because the game counts, obviously) and, thanks to 2014, this surreal moment was created, when Wainwright, sensing the unnecessary backlash, felt the need to apologize and claim it was a joke… also during the game:

“I don’t know. It’s a distraction, and I do not want to be a distraction. I want it to be all for Derek.”

Stop talking, Adam. Just stop talking. We get it. You’re an annoying boyfriend right now, over-apologizing for not meeting up with your girlfriend when you said you would, but your girlfriend didn’t even want you there because she doesn’t like you and she’s glad you didn’t show up and your over-apologizing is getting you even closer to the brink of dumptitude because it makes you seem like even less of a man than she already thinks you are. Just… let it go, man. Let. It. Go. You attacked the strike zone, against a legend, in the first inning of an All-Star Game. You shouldn’t have said anything, but you did, and we understand. We all get it, and those who don’t need to get more sun. You think Jeets cares? 1) He’s got a swimsuit model waiting for him:

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And 2) this is  the perfect opportunity for a well-I’m-just-so-humbled-by-the-experience-so-I’ll-continue-to-be-my-classy-self moment*:

“If he grooved it, thank you. You still got to hit it. I appreciate it if that’s what he did. Thank you.”

No, really, THANK YOU. I got a hit, got to look good in front of the media again – and – I’m going home with my model girlfriend tonight. The joke is on literally everyone else right now. Yeah Jeets!

*Also, is it just me, or has Jeter taken on the soft tone that Hall of Fame-bound veterans and retired stars get once they realize they’re bigger than the game? It happens to a lot of guys– Peyton Manning, Larry Brown, Tim Duncan, Mariano Rivera. When speaking publicly, they start talking in gentler, almost melodic notes, as if they are trying to convey their deference to the moment at hand. I think it’s genuine, but I’m not sure. Jeter’s got it now.