The LoHud Blog is one of the more reputable Yankee blogs (ignore the oxymoron for a moment). Their most notable alum is current Globe writer Peter Abraham, and they seem to enjoy a vast network of sources / contacts, something that your garden variety baseball blog probably does not have.
So, it came as a surprise when LoHud issued a hilarious piece arguing that Derek Jeter is the greatest Yankee of all time. Some reasons for why Jeter is better than Ruth/Gehrig/Mantle/Ford/Alviro Espinosa:
“Jeter has had to contend with a 24/7 media, with paparazzi following him and his girlfriends and reporting about his personal life in addition to his play on the field.”
The paragraph goes on to compare Minka Kelly (yeah, I don’t know who she is either) to Marilyn Monroe.
“In 2009, he passed Lou Gehrig as the Yankees hit leader…”
Gosh, I wonder why that is. It’s almost as if there was some event that happened in Gehrig’s life that caused him to retire early. Well, I’m drawing a blank. Jeter has more hits, that’s the important takeaway here.
And here’s my favorite paragraph:
“His heart and passion (yes…more please) for the game can be found in his spectacular defensive plays (SPECTACULAR DEFENSIVE PLAYS) and clutch hits. Derek Jeter is the most clutch player ever to put on the pinstripes. There are no specific statistics for clutch situations (except for the one called “clutch” I suppose) but his play when the game on the line is incomparable that he has earned the nickname “Captain Clutch.” Jeter also gets credit for one thing that Gehrig, Ruth, DiMaggio or Mantle had to deal with: playing for George Steinbrenner. (Yeah, it has to suck playing for the owner that gave you one of the most lucrative contracts in the history of the game. Like Osama Bin Laden, I’m not even convinced that Steinbrenner is still alive. And the owners during the 1910′s-1960′s were all notoriously ethical and gracious, I guess).
You can read the whole thing here: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2010/02/02/pinch-hitting-chris-and-trevor-kaftan/
The hysteria over Captain UZR is a welcome sign akin to the Groundhog Day: baseball season is almost here.