Is Jeter overrated?
I have been waiting a few days to weigh in on my thoughts about Derek Jeter's legacy and if the hype is well deserved. Here are my thoughts on the matter.
First off I come at a different viewpoint than a contrarian like Keith Olbermann and the majority of sports reporters because I actually played a sport at the college level. Most of these so called experts got into this business because they weren't athletes, they were athletic supporters so there is a frustration level in everything they comment on. Having been an athlete on a small scale I can tell you this I have no clue what it's like to be in Derek Jeter's shoes, but I can look at the facts. (Disclaimer: I have been a Red Sox fan since I was five years old so this is extremely difficult for me to write about) In the playoffs Jeter batted .308 for his career with 200 hits, 61 RBI and 20 home runs. He helped the Yankees win five World Series titles from 1995 to 2009 which I think is the most important stat, he just wins. The guy is clutch and that's why as a diehard Sox fan he is the most respected Yankee in my eyes. If you want to get into regular season stats Olbermann conveniently omitted the fact that Jeter is sixth all time in hits. That makes him number one on the Yankee list. No one has even hit 3,000 in pinstripes besides Derek. Should I go on? I can spit out facts out all day. The fact of the matter is no one in sports should be fawned over like this farewell tour, but if I could pick one person who deserves it, it would be Derek Jeter.