Only Jeter is Jeter. In fact, for one of the few times in baseball history—and perhaps, ever—somebody holds the undisputed role of baseball’s Most Revered Player.
When Babe Ruth was Jeter during the 1920s and the early 1930s, Lou Gehrig followed closely behind.
Joe DiMaggio always had Ted Williams.
While Stan Musial couldn’t separate himself from Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle had both of them.
They all had Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.
Jackie Robinson? No question he was unique in so many ways when it came to his universal acclaim beyond balls and strikes. The same went for Sandy Koufax with his brilliant left arm that did the unprecedented and his reclusive nature that enhanced his mystique.
It’s just that Robinson and Koufax had several of those aforementioned baseball icons to share much of their spotlight.
Decades later, Cal Ripken Jr. had Tony Gwynn.
Then there is Jeter.
...Elsewhere, Albert Pujols was easing closer to Jeter during his 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was the new Musial, just as Jeter became the new Ruth, DiMaggio, Berra and Mantle—as in all of those players sparkling as lifetime members of their original club.
Then Pujols’ light dimmed after he bolted from the adoring arms of Cardinals fans to snatch the free-agent cash ($240 million, give or take a few million) of the Los Angeles Angels.
As for other challengers to replace or challenge Jeter these days, well, they just aren’t there.
Jeter is even more special than we thought.
Posted: February 28, 2013 at 05:53 AM | 67 comment(s)
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