Thursday July 21, 2011
What does the accomplishment of 3,000 hits mean to the new millennium of baseball fans? Just ask Derek Jeter, Major League Baseball and HBO Sports.
Jeter teamed up with HBO Sports and MLB Productions to film Jeter on his quest for 3,000 hits. The special “DEREK JETER 3K” will debut next week, July 28th (check local listings). The special will include reflections on Jeter’s entire career, including footage from his early days with the Yankees through his five World Series Championships. It will feature new interviews with his family and friends as well as Yankees teammates, executives and legends. Among the names confirmed to appear are Hal Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi, Joe Torre, Curtis Granderson, Mariano Rivera, Dave Winfield, Minka Kelly and Billy Crystal. Jeter wore a microphone during filming, which means we’ll hear the reaction of the latest player to join this illustrious club. The documentary follows Jeter during the last few days in his quest. It also will follow Jeter during his trip on the disabled list.
The special will highlight Jeter’s career, but it might not answers two burning questions. One comes from the baseball purists, while the other comes closer from home.
Time for the magic man to take over!
- Should Derek Jeter have appeared at the All-Star Game? Yes, he should have. 3,000 hits is an accomplishment throughout all of baseball. Why shouldn’t all of baseball celebrate a nearly impossible feat? However, look at this from Jeter’s point of view. Despite being voted to start shortstop for the AL Team, he knew he was not going to play. He just returned from a calf strain; aggravating it again would put the Yankees in a tough spot. Plus, there are other shortstops that are currently adequate enough to play shortstop.
- Should Derek Jeter have addressed the situation with Christian Lopez? Yes, he should have. Christian Lopez caught the 3,000th hit ball, had financial problems, and did not want anything in return. He was humble and did the right thing from a baseball point of view. Fans seemed disappointed that Jeter did not help out Lopez with his problems. However, look at this from Jeter’s point of view. Did Lopez ask for anything? Did he ask anything from the Yankees and Derek Jeter? No! Should he have for his sake? Yes! Lopez took the high road, and Jeter got the blame. Does that make sense to you?
Nobody is perfect, not even Derek Jeter. It seems that 3,000 hits are a burden as well as a blessing. However if you’re Derek Jeter, it’s hardly a burden. Mistakes were made according to some people. But there is still plenty of time in this MLB season. I’m sure that some of these “mistakes” will be settled by season’s end. Until then, Derek Jeter has put 3,000 behind him. All he wants now is another World Series Championship.
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