By Ian O'Connor
Each spring, Little Leaguers around the nation mimic his stance and squabble over the proper to put on his quantity, 2, the subsequent quantity to be retired by way of the world’s most renowned ball crew. Derek Jeter is their hero. He walks within the footsteps of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, and sometime his shadow will loom simply as huge. but he hasn't ever been the easiest participant in baseball. in reality, he hasn’t consistently been the simplest participant on his workforce. yet his intangible grace and Jordanesque skill to play titanic within the largest of postseason moments make him the face of the trendy Yankee dynasty, and of America’s online game. within the Captain, best-selling writer Ian O’Connor attracts on large reporting and specified entry to Jeter that has spanned a few fifteen years to display how a biracial child from Michigan turned New York’s such a lot loved activities determine and the iconic image of the steroid-free athlete. O’Connor takes us behind the curtain of a mythical baseball lifestyles and occupation, from Jeter’s early struggles within the minor leagues, while homesickness and mistakes within the box threatened a stillborn profession, to his heady days as a Yankee famous person and prince of town who squired a number of the world’s most pretty ladies, to his demanding battles with former ally A-Rod. We additionally witness Jeter suffering to return to phrases along with his declining abilities and the declining desire of the single association he ever desired to play for, resulting in a contentious agreement negotiation with the Yankees that left humans considering if Jeter may well finish his profession in a uniform with no pinstripes. Derek Jeter’s march towards the corridor of repute has been dignified and likely, yet in the back of that management and hero’s grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that experience by no means been explored, formerly. As Jeter closes in on 3,000 hits, a host no Yankee has ever touched, The Captain bargains an incisive, exhilarating, and revealing new examine one of many game’s maximum gamers within the gloaming of his profession.
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Jeter had no problem unleashing his fastballs at short. Kalamazoo Central was playing its local rival, Portage Central, in one jayvee game that devolved into a theater of the absurd for the Portage third-base coach. Three times Portage batters ripped liners with runners on base, and three times Kalamazoo outfielders hit Jeter with their cutoff throws, and three times Jeter threw from the outfield grass to nail runners at the plate. From his dugout, Copeland saw the Portage coach fling his cap in the air before saying the following: “I surrender.
Goddamn,” Adams replied. ” But had it? Would Jeter hand back the scholarship and turn pro if he was drafted high in the first round? Adams remained worried. ” All those lying eyes were on Jeter for that Saturday double-header against Portage early in Derek’s senior season. The teams were not the main attraction, as Portage was a suburban power and Kalamazoo the city long shot hoping to win half its games. Instead everyone wanted to see the duel between fast friends, Jeter versus Topham. They played together across three summers, traveled together to tryout camps, stayed over at each other’s homes.
The coach knew what his players did not. The Blues were so caught up in the city game, in reaching for faraway NBA careers, that they paid little attention to what Jeter was doing on the diamond for Kalamazoo Central or for his summer league teams. They knew he wore Yankee caps and jerseys and interlocking “NY” pendants, and they knew all about his prediction that he would land at shortstop in the Bronx. But they were shocked when they found out Jeter was far more proficient on a baseball diamond than they were on a basketball court.