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Monday, July 15, 2013

Lund: Derek Jeter doesn’t deserve this Yankees’ season

“Least Intolerable Yankee”...I think that was once part of my zineview for a Jon Tiven gig.

In almost any other case, all of this would be delicious. Except, dammit, it’s happening to Derek Jeter, who stands at No. 2 behind Mariano Rivera on the Least Intolerable Yankee list.

Yes, Derek Jeter does awful or irritating things. Slide for no reason. Hang out with Jorge Posada. Pump his arms and clap like a Little League coach saying, “Make some noise out there!” Mariah Carey. And, yes, he will never let go of his eternal tendency to throw absurd jump balls—leaping up and further into the outfield to somehow assist the ball’s flight downward and back into the infield, the second most bafflingly counter-intuitive act of baseball physics after sliding into first.

But the thing to remember about Jeter is that almost everything about him that sends fans of other teams crawling up the walls is not his fault. Jeter didn’t decide that he singlehandedly won the 2001 ALDS against the A’s. He never said that he has calm eyes, and he never said that he has an unparalleled sense of the moment. It is physically impossible for Derek Jeter to give himself the kind of lavish, passionate multi-tongued bath that is rigorously applied to him by Tim McCarver, Joe Buck, Orel Hersheiser, John Kruk, Curt Schilling and a cast of thousands. Likewise, Derek Jeter is in no way responsible for the nationwide announcer tendency to use, as a cue to discuss Derek Jeter during ballgames in which his team is not playing, literally any word, phenomena or event detectable within the boundaries of the known world.

That’s what makes Jeter’s abortive comeback so difficult to process. All the circumstances but one are perfect for shameful joy. If you’re a fan of practically any team but the Yankees, the Yankees are getting everything that they so richly deserve. Announcer blather aside, the only guy who doesn’t deserve it is Jeter.

Repoz Posted: July 15, 2013 at 06:53 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 15, 2013 at 08:32 AM (#4494459)

If you’re a fan of practically any team but the Yankees, the Yankees are getting everything that they so richly deserve.


I can't stand the Yankees as much as anybody, but comments like the one leave me scratching my head. The Yankees are 51-44, and three games out of the playoffs at the All-Star break.

Kuroda, Cano, Gardner, and the bullpen are the only parts of this team that have been any good this year, and they are still hanging around. Perhaps their Pyth luckiness (they have given up more runs than they have scored) will run out, and they will float back towards .500 in the second half, but the Yankees are not, to this point, getting what they "richly deserve". They are seven games better than what they "richly deserve".

   2. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: July 15, 2013 at 08:44 AM (#4494463)
Based on the weeping testimony of owners from the late-90s, half the teams in the league would be out of business today without the forced largess of the New York Yankees. Get what they deserve? They deserve open recognition and thanks for keeping the sport afloat.
   3. Bitter Mouse Posted: July 15, 2013 at 09:02 AM (#4494469)
Deserve's got nothing to do with it.
   4. Greg K Posted: July 15, 2013 at 09:02 AM (#4494470)
Man, if the Yankees are being punished by the Gods for all their ills by having a 51-44 record imposed upon them, I'd hate to know what the Blue Jays do in their personal lives.
   5. Greg K Posted: July 15, 2013 at 09:10 AM (#4494474)
Deserve's got nothing to do with it.

I recently saw Unforgiven for the first time, and this line confused me a bit.

Didn't Eastwood specifically decide Hackman deserved to die for what he did to Morgan Freeman after previously being content to walk away? I mean, I get what he's saying in the context of what the movie is "about", but in the context of the practical events of the film Eastwood's character clearly acts as if he's someone who has decided that Hackman's character deserves to die.

I am a fairly dense person (particularly in terms of film analysis), so I'm sure the problem is with me. That line just struck me as odd as it seems like it's relevant and true to the tone and theme of the movie, but sits rather oddly within the narrative.
   6. Bitter Mouse Posted: July 15, 2013 at 09:22 AM (#4494476)
I saw it as Eastwood decided to kill him, but knew that "deserve" was irrelevent to that decision. But in a larger sense it is commentary on the whole movie.
   7. Ray (RDP) Posted: July 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM (#4494506)
Yeah, the Yankees have been lucky, and have a better record than they... deserve... which is important because it keeps them in the race and if they ever do get the reinforcements back (Jeter, ARod, The Grandy Man), they'll rate to be a team in line with their record.

Of course, what keeps happening is that players return -- Granderson, Teixeira, Youkilis, Jeter -- and they go right back on the injured list again.

(Though I do love the "We don't deserve Jeter!" hilarity.)
   8. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: July 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM (#4494511)
Man, if the Yankees are being punished by the Gods for all their ills by having a 51-44 record imposed upon them, I'd hate to know what the Blue Jays do in their personal lives.
Come to the Lounge, and you'll learn all about what Canadians do to deserve this.
   9. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: July 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM (#4494571)
The other thing about this (other than the fact that the Yankees are still very much in the race) is that Jeter has played in 16 of the last 17 postseasons. If they don't make it this year, or if he can't play in it, it's not like poor little Derek hasn't had his shot.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 15, 2013 at 12:08 PM (#4494661)
Yes, Derek Jeter does awful or irritating things. Slide for no reason. Hang out with Jorge Posada. Pump his arms and clap like a Little League coach saying, “Make some noise out there!” Mariah Carey.


Little known fact: Jeter also still does the "eh batter, eh batter...SWING!" chant.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM (#4494687)
I bought you drinks, I brought gift baskets
I bought you PEDs, and things to mask it
Every day, so many hits
Pumping fists, so tell me
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this?
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this?
What have I, what have I, what have I ...
   12. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM (#4494734)
Derek Jeter is the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it.
   13. Jeltzandini Posted: July 15, 2013 at 02:46 PM (#4494913)
The world is overfull of ills and evils which Derek Jeter does not deserve. But his shoulders are broad, his eyes are calm, and he bears them all for us.
   14. Monty Posted: July 15, 2013 at 03:14 PM (#4494953)
Derek Jeter, who stands at No. 2 behind Mariano Rivera on the Least Intolerable Yankee list.


That's a weird list. Derek Jeter is currently The Most Yankee, so if you dislike the Yankees, you probably dislike Jeter the most.
   15. villageidiom Posted: July 15, 2013 at 03:45 PM (#4494989)
Dignity consists not in possessing gift baskets, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
   16. Srul Itza Posted: July 15, 2013 at 04:41 PM (#4495055)
I saw it as Eastwood decided to kill him, but knew that "deserve" was irrelevent to that decision. But in a larger sense it is commentary on the whole movie.


Exactly. Earlier on, Munny (Eastwood) says:

"Ned, you remember that drover I shot through the mouth and his teeth came out the back of his head? I think about him now and again. He didn't do anything to deserve to get shot, at least nothin' I could remember when I sobered up."

So the later line fits right in -- He kills because he kills. Deserve's got nothin' to do with it.
   17. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: July 15, 2013 at 04:53 PM (#4495072)
They're 51-44, but 20-26 since the day after Granderson got re-injured.

At this point, if they get good pitching, they can win. Very occassionally they'll have a good offensive game, but for the most part if they give up 3 runs they're in a bit of trouble. They're not a terrible team, but they're not a real contender at this point. They'll probably finish last in the East, and hover around .500.

Which is fine, but the unlikeable thing about this team is that there's a bunch of veteran backups playing every day, rather than some 22-year-old kid who doesn't play that well, but might be a solid player in a few years, and gosh, it's great to root for him now. There have been a couple coming through, but for the most part it's guys who should be on the bench or who were cut by other teams.
   18. Srul Itza Posted: July 15, 2013 at 05:10 PM (#4495082)
I don't think the Yankees have much in the minors.

Frankly, every time Hafner, Wells or Overbay manages to do something of value, I get a kick out of it. Which is odd, because I generally don't like zombie movies.
   19. PreservedFish Posted: July 15, 2013 at 05:18 PM (#4495094)
Vernon Wells is my Least Intolerable Yankee.

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