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So Derek Jeter did it. 3000 hits. What a tremendous accomplishment. While he is obviously on the downside of his career right now, I can honestly say that I've never met anyone who didn't respect The Captain. Whether it be how he has approached the game and played hard every day for almost 20 years now or the amount of insane Hollywood ass that he's crushed, no one hates Derek Jeter. He might be the last athlete that gets this sort of treatment actually.
I have been listening to Damman whine about the coverage of this monumental event over the past week. I'd guess that his issue was more with ESPN than the man himself, but let's make D feel like an idiot nonetheless.
1. This was a BIG DEAL. They've been playing the game for around 125 years and only 26 (not counting Raffy Palmeiro) have ever hit 3000. It happens about once every five years. That makes it significant.
2. The Yankees are the best franchise in the history of sports. This is not debatable. But no player had ever accomplished this. Again, that makes it significant.
3. No one gives a flying fuck about Justin Masterson throwing 8 great innings. That is pointless. Jeter getting one hit closer, that is news. You know this. The Prog wasn't nearly sold out for that three game series to see Josh Tomlin, bitch.
4. Last time I checked, you don't HAVE to watch ESPN. Ever. I watched an Indiana Jones marathon TWICE this weekend. It was wonderful. And you and I both know that there was a Rocky marathon on last Monday. If you keeping watching the Worldwide Leader, they are just going to assume that you like what they're doing. So, in essence, you are to blame!
5. DJ has never had one ounce of scandal surrounding him. Ever. Again, what is wrong with giving him a ton of publicity?
6. Dude, it's New York and it's ESPN. They are going to hammer this story and hammer it hard. Did they cover Craig Biggio as much 4 years ago as they did now? No, but they did treat it like the achievement that it is. But face it, Craig Biggio isn't interesting and Jeter is.
7. Finally, what else are they supposed to talk about. I would rather take an entire hour dedicated to Derek Jeter than listen to Bob Ley and Tony DiCicco mouth-fart women's World Cup highlights. The dueling lockouts? Ohio State football shitheadery? July is always a boring month for sports. You should be thankful that there was actually something important and significant going on right now.
If you didn't like the chase for 3000 this time around, just wait until the next most likely candidate approaches the milestone. That would be none other than Baseball Jesus himself, Alex Rodriguez, who should get there in early 2013. After that, it's going to be awhile. Pujols is still 5-6 years away at least. So if you got nauseaus over Derek Jeter, just remember that it WILL get worse for you. So embrace this.
After all, hasn't Jeter been getting hammered ALL YEAR about his lack of production? How he shouldn't be hitting leadoff? How Eduardo Nunez should be the shortstop? How he shouldn't be an all-star? Yeah, give him his two weeks in the positive spotlight. The guy fucking deserves it. He's earned the accolades. Fuckers.
A few other baseball-related notes:
*Uh oh - That really is a terrible story from Texas with Josh Hamilton murdering that guy in front of his son. It's really important now for Hammy to stay clean. I can make jokes at his past because he brought that on himself, but it would really, really suck to see a relapse because of this accident.
*Umpires - Look, umpiring is ridiculously difficult to do and no one is ever going to get all the calls right. This appears to be the annual time of year where people are whining. 95% of these guys do an outstanding job. Here is my solution to fix the 5%...put them all on the same crew. Joe West, Angel "The Worst" Hernandez, CB Bucknor, and Greg Gibson are all together that way it's just one terrible crew instead of them dragging others down with them. There, just solved that problem. Or, you know, MLB could fire them but I guess that that would be too hard or something.
*Bet on the NL - No Mo, Jeter, or A-Rod tomorrow night? Fuck that. Jhonny Peralta doesn't belong. I can't blame the guys though. Would you rather go to Phoenix for three days and risk running into TMS Arizona correspondent, Reba, or plow Minka Kelly for 72 straight hours?
Congratulations, Derek Jeter, you earned this. You've been a great player and a role model for 17 years. I look forward to your first ballot hall of fame induction in 7-8 years. To the rest of you idiots, please don't watch the Home Run Derby tonight. It is fucking lame. Watch the Celebrity Softball Game instead. Jon Hamm for MVP (if he's playing)!