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DE-rek JEE-ter


Right now, I’m watching the replay of the Orioles-Yankees game of 9/11, an auspicious game not because of the date, but because of Derek Jeter’s pursuit of the iconic Lou Gehrig’s all-time Yankee hits record. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Jeter lashed a clean single to right field to collect hit number 2722 to break the Iron Horse’s 72-year old Yankee record. Being a life-long Yankee fan (since 1958), I had more than a few tears of joy and nostalgia. Gehrig was truly a class human and Jeter definitely fits into that mold. I’ve had a few of my friends and/or relatives say that Jeter is “smug,” “conceited” and “has a big ego.” I suppose it’s understandable, since all of them hate the Yanks, but those opinions are way off base. Jeter is the consummate team player, selfless and respectful of the opposition, and his Turn2 charity organization leaves no doubt about his off-the-field priorities. Recent Hall of Fame inductee and former Red Sox player Jim Rice also had something to say about Jeter, and my response to what he said, to be nice, is “Kiss my tush!” His comment, if it was reported accurately, was incredibly ignorant. You can disagree if you want, but if you think that Jeter is anything less than classy, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

It’s been a few busy weeks since the start of the new semester, so that’s my reason for not posting in a while. 😥 I asked for more hours, and, thus, more pay, and I got ’em. I teach Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8-10 a.m., 11-2 on M, W, and F, and 6-8 every evening. Add to that the time that I need for lesson preparation and what not and it works out to about 40-45 hours per week. In addition, 3 Korean teachers, 2 other foreign teachers and I have been collaborating on a new textbook that will be used in the second half of the semester in a special English-for-Tourism class; thankfully, that effort has been completed. Hopefully, I’ll have some more time to go out and take some photos, now that we’re approaching autumn, arguably the prettiest season in Korea. Stay tuned for some, I hope, nice photos on the blog. More later.


  1. I agree with the general concensus that Jeeter is smug and conceited and full of himself. But as much as it pains me to say it, after going 0 in 14, when he finally got that hit, I had to admit he’s got reason to be proud. Doesn’t mean I think he present his pride as conceit though. He is definitely Hall of Fame bound … I just wish he had a more Posada like appearance. Oh well, these days, I guess I’m just a little mouse in the corner :plain:

  2. Yeah, I know you called him smug, but there’s no "general consensus" that Jeter is smug, conceited or full of himself except among delusional Red Sox fans or Yankee haters, people who have no other agenda but to be negative about the NYY, no matter how uplifting the story might be. I think Jeter’s a myth in Boston, too, (he’s kicked your *ss enough times) and, I think, eventually, all of you in Fenway will rise and "tip your hats" to him when he plays his final season, much as fans paid their respect to Cal Ripken, Pete Rose, and others when they retired. Even though Jeter gets booed in every park in which he plays, I think everyone respects him, even though they may hate the Yanks. Some folks, though, are just too stubborn to admit it.
    To me, at least, he’s one of the heroes of baseball and a person who is representative of American ideals; there’s no one on the Sox about whom I could say the same. I really don’t understand the denigration of Jeter from other teams’ fans. Every out of town game I watch, the fans boo him mercilessly, and A-Rod is the only one they boo more. I honestly don’t understand the hatred. Go ahead and hate A-Rod, but Jeter is untouchable. To boo and dislike Jetes is just a bunch of B. S., a total bunch of crap. He’s a baseball treasure, no matter your affiliation.

  3. Hey, OGM. Whaddya think about what Rice said about Jeter?

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