By Ian O'Connor
Each spring, Little Leaguers around the kingdom mimic his stance and squabble over the ideal to put on his quantity, 2, the following quantity to be retired via the world’s most famed 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 simplest participant in baseball. in reality, he hasn’t consistently been the easiest participant on his staff. yet his intangible grace and Jordanesque skill to play colossal within the greatest 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 vast reporting and special entry to Jeter that has spanned a few fifteen years to exhibit how a biracial child from Michigan grew to become New York’s so much liked activities determine and the iconic image of the steroid-free athlete. O’Connor takes us behind the curtain of a mythical baseball lifestyles and profession, from Jeter’s early struggles within the minor leagues, whilst homesickness and error within the box threatened a stillborn profession, to his heady days as a Yankee famous person and prince of town who squired many of the world’s most lovely ladies, to his demanding battles with former ally A-Rod. We additionally witness Jeter suffering to return to phrases together with his declining talents and the declining prefer of the single association he ever desired to play for, resulting in a contentious agreement negotiation with the Yankees that left humans pondering if Jeter may finish his profession in a uniform with no pinstripes. Derek Jeter’s march towards the corridor of status 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, beforehand. As Jeter closes in on 3,000 hits, a bunch 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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The coach wanted Jeter to make regular appearances on the mound, too. Derek liked to play deep at short to buy himself time on line drives, and to take advantage of his Nolan Ryan arm. During summer ball, when asked by Kalamazoo Gazette sportswriter Paul Morgan why he did not pitch, Derek shot Morgan a frightful look and said, “You’re too close to the hitter. ” Derek told his jayvee coach of a different fear, told him he was afraid that pitching might damage his arm. Copeland did persuade him to take the mound in one game, and Jeter threw eight warm-up pitches for eight strikes, and then he threw nine strikes to three batters who never once saw the ball.
The Draft 3. E-6 4. Rookie of the Year 5. Champion 6. Perfection 7. Dynasty 8. The Flip Photo Insert 9. New Guys 10. Alex 11. The Great Divide 12. Moment of Truth 13. Rebirth Epilogue Acknowledgments A Note on the Author’s Interviews and Sources Bibliography Copyright © 2011 by Ian O’Connor All rights reserved For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003.
In fact, when he tried out for the Kalamazoo Blues, a high-powered team on the AAU and summer ball circuits, Jeter won a roster spot simply by outrunning and out-hustling boys who had played on stronger junior high teams than his. St. Augustine was not a feeder program for the Blues, whose coach, Walter Hall, had never before seen Jeter play. Derek caught his eye with his speed and pure perimeter stroke. Hall also was impressed by his prents, Charles and Dot. The Jeters did not try to talk up their son during tryouts the way so many other parents did; Hall did not meet them until after Derek made the team.