Derek Jeter waves to the crowd after being pulled in the fourth inning during the All-Star Game in Minneapolis Tuesday night.
Derek Jeter may be the captain of the New York Yankees, but he’s not the captain of baseball nor the captain of my Texas Rangers.
I know it’s too late, but can we please at least dab the slobbering over the retiring shortstop?
I’m not saying he’s not a great player or a class act. What I am saying is that it’s offensive for fans of other teams to be subjected to this grandiose feting of Yankees’ players in consecutive All-Star Games. Last year it was Mariano Rivera. Last night it was Jeter, given standing ovations and curtain calls and even a couple very hittable “pipe shots” by Cardinals’ pitcher Adam Wainwright in the 1st inning.
It was Jeter’s 14th and final All-Star appearance and it was cool – I guess? – that he became the oldest player (40) to get multiple hits in the mid-summer classic. But I hate the Yankees. Therefore, I don’t like their captain. And I’m uncomfortable with being forced to stand and salute a player that’s helped beat the Rangers’ brains in (except for 2010) for 20 years.
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If I want to appreciate Jeter, I can go to Cooperstown one day and kneel at his bust.
But I know I’m in the minority. Appreciate what you got before it’s gone and yadda, yadda and more yadda. I won’t be at Globe Life Park when Jeter comes through Arlington for the final time July 28-30, because I’m certain the Rangers will lay a disgusting bouquet of Texas-themed gifts at his feet. He was a good player for a long time that helped the richest franchise in baseball win in New York so, yeah, let’s give him the keys to Southfork!
Or maybe – as they inexplicably did for Cal Ripken, Jr. in 2001 – the Rangers will retire another locker in the visitor’s clubhouse.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.