As the Keith Olbermanns of the world have made abundantly clear in their vitriolic responses to the outpouring of Jeter tributes, Mr.November was neither the best hitter nor fielder during his 20 years in baseball.Humor, blue eyes, and Midwestern politeness: What more could the ladies (and a good portion of the men) of New York want?Of course, charming the public with intangibles is something that Jeter-haters have long hated about the shortstop.Derek Jeter is rumored to be engaged to Sports Illustrated model Hannah Davis, who is 16 years his junior.Before anyone believes she’s tamed him, remember that Minka Kelly was also Jeter’s rumored fiancée in 2011.Olbermann even closed out his near-seven-minute anti-Jeter rant with a nod to the notorious rumor.In the canon of Yankees blowjob mythology, this tale may even be more legendary than Mickey Mantle’s proud—and very detailed—account of receiving “therapy” for a pulled groin beneath the rightfield bleachers.
Because he’s still beloved after 20 years, and they find that highly suspect.
That Jeter has charmed denizens of Average Janes is actually more remarkable than his off-the-field catches–which, for the record, reportedly include a Victoria’s Secret angel, a Miss Universe, and the current Mrs. In fact, legions of fans are more than eager to earn their souvenir gift baskets, despite the less than savory sexual rumors about the Captain.
Jeter recently denied that rumor that he gave one-night stands gift baskets of his own memorabilia—and once gave it to the same girl twice—to New York magazine.
But in addition to being a really damn good hitter and making some jaw-droppingly stunning plays that have earned him a guaranteed spot in Cooperstown, Jeter charmed the New York sports media, whose glare ranges from irritating to debilitating (hey there, A-Rod).
And, as the Post and the Daily News started taking notice of the 22-year-old Kalamazoo native in 1996 (the year he’d cruise to American League Rookie of the Year), the Big Apple found its new celebrity crush.
Critics have argued his legendary fielding plays–the flip, the dive–may look great on Sports Center, but his acrobatics can’t mask the fact his fielding may have hurt the Yankees.