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    ESPN Should Be Ashamed By Keith Olbermann's Rant About Derek Jeter

    The nearly-seven minute rant by ESPN’s Keith Olbermann Tuesday denigrating Derek Jeter’s place in baseball and New York Yankee history was disgraceful even by his low standards. The talk show host, who seems to go out of his way to make people dislike him (why exactly does he do this?) tried to make the case that the worship given to the Yankee shortstop by fans and the media was undeserved.

    Nothing could be further from the truth. Olbermann, while spouting a bunch of statistics that people don’t really care about like WAR (wins above replacement), failed to mention ones people do hold dear – such as 3,461 career hits, sixth most of anyone to play the game and the most by a shortstop. That he didn’t win an MVP award or have a spectacular season numbers-wise is more of a testament to his greatness because of the consistent high level in which he performed to attain career numbers that may never be seen again by anyone who wears pinstripes.

    Olbermann also tried to fault Jeter’s leadership for the Yankees’ only (?) winning five World Series in 20 seasons while also appearing in two others. Every team would take those percentages of leadership in a heartbeat. In 16 postseasons, the captain had 200 hits, including 20 home runs and 61 RBIs, for a .308 batting average. He batted .321 in seven World Series.
    While the ceremonies and memorabilia may have been overdone this season, this wasn’t Jeter’s doing and no one can deny that he is among the most revered players in all of sports.

    His argument that Jeter should have dropped himself from the No. 2 spot in the lineup is also weak as the entire team was in a funk and there was really no one to move up to replace him.

    Finally, Olbermann says that Jeter should retire after Thursday’s final home game at Yankee Stadium rather than Sunday at Fenway Park. But that’s never been Jeter’s style – he has always just wanted to play every game and avoid making himself special compared to the team. You would think Olbermann, who has seen a lot of Jeter’s games over the years, would know that.

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    Re: The MLB Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by shtexas View Post
    ESPN Should Be Ashamed By Keith Olbermann's Rant About Derek Jeter

    The nearly-seven minute rant by ESPN’s Keith Olbermann Tuesday denigrating Derek Jeter’s place in baseball and New York Yankee history was disgraceful even by his low standards. The talk show host, who seems to go out of his way to make people dislike him (why exactly does he do this?) tried to make the case that the worship given to the Yankee shortstop by fans and the media was undeserved.

    Nothing could be further from the truth. Olbermann, while spouting a bunch of statistics that people don’t really care about like WAR (wins above replacement), failed to mention ones people do hold dear – such as 3,461 career hits, sixth most of anyone to play the game and the most by a shortstop. That he didn’t win an MVP award or have a spectacular season numbers-wise is more of a testament to his greatness because of the consistent high level in which he performed to attain career numbers that may never be seen again by anyone who wears pinstripes.

    Olbermann also tried to fault Jeter’s leadership for the Yankees’ only (?) winning five World Series in 20 seasons while also appearing in two others. Every team would take those percentages of leadership in a heartbeat. In 16 postseasons, the captain had 200 hits, including 20 home runs and 61 RBIs, for a .308 batting average. He batted .321 in seven World Series.
    While the ceremonies and memorabilia may have been overdone this season, this wasn’t Jeter’s doing and no one can deny that he is among the most revered players in all of sports.

    His argument that Jeter should have dropped himself from the No. 2 spot in the lineup is also weak as the entire team was in a funk and there was really no one to move up to replace him.

    Finally, Olbermann says that Jeter should retire after Thursday’s final home game at Yankee Stadium rather than Sunday at Fenway Park. But that’s never been Jeter’s style – he has always just wanted to play every game and avoid making himself special compared to the team. You would think Olbermann, who has seen a lot of Jeter’s games over the years, would know that.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidlar...t-derek-jeter/
    Ah ha! And Olbermann gets what he was probably looking for - attention.

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    Personally, I kind of think the hype over Jeter is a little overboard. Maybe not as overboard as Olbermann thinks it is. But still.
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    I'm trying really hard to hate all the attention Derek Jeter is getting. I'm a life long Dodgers fan, and hate is strong word, so I'll just say I've never cared for the Yankees. But, I have to ask, how can any sports fan not love the winning run being hit in by Jeter last night? Ya know, it's just kind of poetic.

    And how can you not love this hat tip from his young nephew, Jalen, who was in the stands?

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    As much as I've hated the Yankees, I have always liked Jeter.

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    All these games have been amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shtexas View Post
    All these games have been amazing.
    I haven't seen any of them, but it's been fun to watch social media explode several times a day with MLB news.
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