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Who says women don’t have opinions on sports? Certainly not me. And certainly not New York sports fans, who helped vote Derek Jeter to the tops of the “Best New York Athlete Ever” list.
Yes, I mean ever. Babe Ruth’s legacy couldn’t even hold a candle to Jeter’s beautiful caramel skin and green eyes… oops I mean sports skills.
Jeter received “received 14 percent of the vote, including 17 percent of the female vote and 10 percent of the male vote. Ruth, the Hall of Fame home run hitter and one-time pitcher who retired in 1935, received 11 percent of the overall vote and topped Jeter among New York men with 14 percent.”
Not surprisingly, younger voters tended toward Jeter, while the older ones voted in Ruth. Jeter had the lock on the 18 to 34 year old range, while Ruth was voted in by 50-64 year hold fans. Makes sense, since Jeter is the current Yank and Ruth is long gone. What surprised me the most was the Jeter topped even Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Joe Namath. Wha…?
There is a reason Jeter has the coin to build a city-like mansion: he’s a great player and the Yankees pay him well. But better than Babe Ruth? Well, sure. Jeter is inching his way to get 3,000 career hits as a Yankee. If he does, he’ll be the first player to do it. So I guess that should give him some credit. The thing is, I just can’t help thinking that those green eyes had something to do with it too. Of course, if looks meant anything A-Rod would be on the list, and he didn’t crack the top five. So maybe New York fans do know what they’re talking about.
Have you seen the 30,000 square foot home that Derek Jeter just built in Tampa, Florida? Folks in the area are calling it the “House That Derek Jeter Built” or even “St. Jetersburg” because it is the “biggest home in Hillsborough County.” Heck, it’s one of the biggest homes in any county.
The house has seven – count ‘em – seven bedrooms. So if you want to visit Mr. Jeter, I’m sure he’d be happy to let you stay in an extra room. (Or not. Probably not.)
The place also has nine bathrooms, which makes me wonder…. only seven bedrooms but nine bathrooms? Wouldn’t you normally have equal to or lesser than the number of bedrooms? Who is using all these bathrooms? Apparently he has a lot of company over that need to use the facilities.
Like the smart celeb he is, Jeter also bought the adjacent homes. (It’s that whole celeb thing where people who aren’t celebs may try to go to the adjacent house and take pictures. Not that that’s why I do, but some people have problems like that.)
I tried to think of a good housewarming present, and really the only thing I could come up with a bunch of toilet paper to go in those nine bathrooms.
I’m at a loss for words about this whole Derek Jeter situation, and that’s actually a pretty rare occurrence. He still hasn’t signed a new contract with the Yankees. He’s shopping himself to other suitors. The potential outcomes of this decision range from horrible to gut wrenching.
Look, I can’t stand the Yankees. Maybe it’s because I’ve always loved the underdog (which means I always root for the losers). When the Yankees come to Kansas City to play the Royals I laugh at all the bandwagon fans with their new NY hats and jerseys, most with the tags still on them.
But there’s a big difference between the old Yankees and the new Yankees, and that includes their fans. I can respect the fans who grew up watching the old Yankees and root for them because of their storied past. I can’t appreciate the new fans who root for the team because they just bully the rest of baseball (probably another post someday).
Jeter, though, represents the ghosts of Yankees past. He plays the right way. He’s a likable guy, on a team full of players I can’t stand, if only because of the jersey they wear.
More Jeter after the jump… >>