Oh Captain! My Captain…

My Grandma requested that I write about the Yankee Captain for my next post. My Grandma is 85, and is a huge Yankee fan just like me :) But right now, she is going through a very tough time. She’s in the hospital and has been since Sunday, and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. If all goes well, she should be able to come home soon. Every day I have talked to her on the phone, and she asked about my blog. She wants be to write about Jeter, so I will do it for her.

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter: the epitome of class. He is the present-day Lou Gehrig. Not only is he the best player in the game (fact, lol), but he is also one of the best, most genuine people. Jeet has been on the team for my whole life. He is the Yankees. I can’t imagine the Yankees without him. I really miss Jeet right now.

Jeter should have been MVP in 2009. I don’t care if Mauer hit .700. Jeter did everything he did in the hardest division in baseball. And although the Twins came back to make the playoffs, they lost to Jeter and the Yankees in 3 games! Jeter had several amazing plays in that series. In game 2 of this ALDS, Nick Swisher threw the ball back into the infield after a base hit. Jeter caught the ball, and realized that Carlos Gomez strayed far off the bag. He quickly tagged him out, before Delmon Young could score! So the inning was over, and the Twinkies didn’t score. Then in game 3, in the 8th inning, Jeet made a fantastic play. With Punto on second, Denard Span hit a chopper to short. Jeet made a spectacular play to just get to the ball, but when his instincts took over it was just awesome. He held the ball for a bit, and then fired home, because Punto was heading for the plate! He must have thought the ball got through. So Jeet fired home, and Jorge fired to Arod at third, who tagged the diving Punto for the out. OUT! It was so cool.

Derek does a lot of Jeeterish things. That is, things that only Jeter can do. One of my favorite Jeterian specialties is his jump throw. Who says Jeter has no range? Haha Joe Morgan. Wrong! The jump throw is exciting every time.

SKILLZ!!!

And this is another thing that only Jeter would do:

That is what I call dedication.

The sign of a true gamer.

Derek Jeter is just the best. No wonder wherever I go I see little kids with “Jeter, 2″ shirts. No wonder he has tons and tons of endorsements, and unlike other people, Jeter won’t lose them because he’s not a classless pimp (ahem, Tiger Woods). And it’s no wonder that he has a beautiful, beautiful girlfriend – I mean, fiance:

Unlike every other female in the state, I am actually genuinely happy for Jeet. I want him to be as happy as possible. And Minka is beautiful enough for him. They are adorable together! I can’t wait for this wedding!

Derek, congradulations on everything you have achieved. Congrats on breaking the Yankees all time hits record, congrats on winning your 5th World Series title, congrats on Minka, and I might as well say this now, too: congrats on being the all-time baseball hit king, and congrats on going down as the greatest baseball player ever. And congrats as doing it all as the perfect Yankee.

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Derek Jeter has set standards for the Yankees, congrats to you for showing him some love. I can’t wait for another Yankee encore.

PS: I hope your grandmother feels better, she has my best wishes.

Matthew Tang
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First off V, I’m keeping your grandma in my thoughts and prayers and it’s really sweet what you did for her here!

Jeet is the man. He has done it all and with unquestionably go down as one of the best Yankees the ever was. He’s always been the nicest player in the league and always plays the game the right way.

As far as being a pimp…well, he is. He has gone through numerous girlfriends (Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Vanessa Minillo, Mariah Carey, Scarlet Johannsen, Vida Guerra…) His list is legendary. But it’s alright– he’s not married, unlike Tiger who cheated right after his wife became pregnant.

Until he says “I’m engaged,” I won’t believe he is though. Although I will say he’s been w/ Minka longer than any of his other girlfriends, so we’ll see. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Wonder if Derek is letting Minka in on any of the decorating designs in the new David Island pad across the bay in Tampa.
The home is going up fast, and looks amazing from the water.
I am expecting more than a few Yankee fans to cruise by on their boatd near the shoreline during Tampa Bay Rays versus New York Yankees series in 2010.
Maybe catch a glimpse of the futre Mrs Jeter sunning by the boat slip, or maybe Derek doing his daily workout through the panes of glass in the gym area.
And to think, pitchers and catcher report in just over 30-some days.

Rays Renegade

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Wonderful writeup and pictures! I hope your grandma gets better. I don’t know if you have or I dont remember, but have you interviewed your grandma about the old days with the Yankees and written about it?
Emma
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I may be a Red Sox fan, but Jeter is one of the Yankees that has always been respected by Sox fans, and he really is the man. He’s had so many great moments and truly is an exemplar of class. He’s just so cool about everything and on top of that, he’s an amazing player.
Nice post and pictures!

-Fenway Bleacher Creature
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So sorry to hear about your grandmother! You’ve written about what a big Yankee fan she is, so I’m sure she’s happy that you granted her wish and posted about Jeter. I hope she’s able to come home from the hospital soon. I’m not convinced Jeter is really marrying Minka – at least not on that November date that was publicized. Sounded fishy to me.

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Prayers for you grandma. She must have spirit like you do so she will be fine.
I love Derek Jeter. I thought he was the best looking player on the Yankee team when I saw them in person last season. He is awesome!!
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I am so sorry about your grandmother. My prayers go out to her.
Very nice entry! Derek Jeter is a classic example of superstar. I love how this guy shows so much energy and great sportsmanship. You guys must be very lucky to have him as a wonderful captain.
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I’m not too concerned. Not alone does he assume to be fine, but his role is almost accessory at this point so if he were to absence some time I don’t anticipate it would be a big deal.
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