Is a base worth it? The only player in history to win both the All-Star Game MVP Award and the World Series MVP award in 2000. Jeter does not need to cheat his way into base, he is known as the Yankees Hit Leader! Jeter is paving his way to the Hall of Fame so why?? Why do this??
Jeter acted hurt. Jeter had no apologies he said: “My job is to get on base.” The Commentators encouraged Jeter’s behavior. There is no instant replay in baseball so the umpire asked Jeter if he was hit and Jeter said “yes”. Joe Madden from Tampa Bay even said “I thought Derek did a great job, and I applaud it, because I wish our guys would do the same thing.”
What message is that sending out to the fans? What is that saying to our children? I value the work that leaders and professionals like Derek Jeter stand for. I am a fan of all sports but I lost respect for the sport on this day. No cheating is needed to play the game or up your numbers. I now support the “Instant Replay” implementation in baseball to hold players accountable.
How did you react? Do you support the thought: “My job is to get on base?” Coming from a role model?