The #RE2PECT hashtag was a product of Nike. How people are getting that tattooed on their body is still a mystery to me. Maybe I just don’t understand how people would get a tattoo of something like this. This one right here is leaving me speechless.
This didn’t happen. I photoshopped it. It was an idea that popped into my head during Derek Jeter’s last home game. There were discussions of how Jeter had a double that helped start the rally to tie the game at 2-2 in the first inning.
The constant talking about his number and the hashtag #RE2PECT gave me an idea. So I awaited the top of the second inning and looked at the pitch count. Then I awaited for the actual possibility of the influx of 2s to appear. It never happened. But I wanted it to happen. With all this talk of 2s and how everyone is praising Jeter for all the wrong reasons, I opened up my Photoshop, grabbed some screenshots from the game, then just made it myself.
I didn’t think much of it. It was a joke. I was so sure that people watching the game would notice that it was fake since the Orioles didn’t get two runners on base in the top of the second inning. But of course, in this day and age of the Internet, people will jump to anything. And look at all those retweets and favorites. That’s a lot! Sorry if I deceived you.
Earlier, I shared my joys about Derek Jeter. He’s been a consistently good player for most of his career. His final years haven’t been all that, but overall, he’s been a staple in Yankees baseball. I hate the Yankees, but he’s one of few players that I don’t hate. I like him. He’s good for baseball.
Since I live in Southern California, I even made it out to his final game in Anaheim just so I can see him one last time. I wanted to see him play one last time. I even snapped this Hall of Fame photo. I enjoy watching him play.
With that being said, the love-fest he’s gotten all season long is too much. Do we need all this? Do we need everyone showering him with all this love and gifts and ceremonies? The excessive force-feeding of merchandise? Yes, he deserves great praise. But this is going overboard.
Jeter was never among the greatest player of his generation. He never won MVP, never won a batting title. He rarely was ever the top guy in any major statistical categories. He was good and has had memorable postseason moments, but hanging on to those clutch postseason games does not define a two-decade career.
One of my favorite and most respected players of all time. Sucks that he is a Yankee but still, he’s the man.
Does he deserve all this? Sure. But should they be doing all this for him? No. It is overkill of appreciation, even though he was a great player. I am mixed about it. I appreciate him but it is overwhelming.
Baseball writer Keith Law doesn’t like that the A’s did a nice thing today.
The Oakland Athletics gave Derek Jeter a farewell gift, which included over $10,000 to Jeter’s charity Turn 2. This is the charity’s mission statement:
To create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “TURN 2” healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets that promote and reward academic excellence, leadership development and positive behavior. Turn 2’s goal is to see the children of these programs grow safely and successfully into adulthood and become the leaders of tomorrow.
Sounds like a great foundation that looks out for the well-being of children and their future. But then Law tweeted this:
I hate the Yankees. I hate everything about them. I cannot stand them. But there were only two players that I admired on that team. Last year, Mariano Rivera had his farewell tour. This season, it’s Derek Jeter’s turn.
Click the above photo to his official announcement on his Facebook page.
Watching him on the evil team sucked for me as he continuously gave the Oakland A’s fits, but he was a great hitter, a great defensive player and was a great teammate. He seems like a good guy and was a perfect fit for the Yankees. He was a great captain.
I will never let go of the flip in 2001, but I hate him for that because he’s so damn good. Thank you, DJ. I will make an effort to see you play one last time.