The Jeter Dilema

Much talk here in New York about what to do with Derek Jeter, the Yankees’ 36-year-old shortstop.

To me, the answer’s obvious: Leave him alone.

Maybe this is, factually, what Derek Jeter has become: a .250 hitting lightweight with faded range and no pop. Maybe, possibly, probably. But—and I hate to say this—so what? The Yankees can afford a position with subpar offense. Hell, look around the diamond. They’re loaded everywhere.

The problem is, people are never satisfied. They wanna talk and speculate and debate and critcize. The other day, I heard a caller to WFAN rant, “Jeter stints! He’s terrible.” The man identified himself as a Yankee fan.

Crazy.

Derek Jeter will never again be 25, 28, 30, 32. He is who he is—a fading superstar on the backside of his career. It happens to all athletes.

Live with it.

2 thoughts on “The Jeter Dilema”

  1. Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t Jeter been clean?
    That is what happens when people play with ability only, they fade.
    If he has been clean, as I think he has, he deserves respect.

  2. The Pride of Curry

    I think it would be a lot different if Jeter didn’t sign a $51 million contract with the Yankees, then whined about the Yankees perfectly legitimate arguments as to why they didn’t want to go long-term. Pride is the hallmark of great athletes, I acknowledge that, but Jeter looks even worse than he did last year. The Yankees HAD to make the move, the idea of Jeter playing well for someone else would have been anathema, but the fact is, Jeter brought a lot of this on himself.

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