FireJay is going to be a Jeter-only blog until further notice. I've got all kinds of material backed up, from the guy who wants the HOF waiting period changed for him, to a guy who says he's not a HOFer at all (not enough batting titles--no I'm serious). It's all Jeter, all the time for the next couple of weeks. Since most of these don't require much of an in-depth post, I should be able to get through them pretty quickly. For tonight's post, I'm just going to take some pot shots at his personality, because you know what? Fuck Derek Jeter and fuck anyone who says he's a "classy guy" for no apparent reason. Fuck 'em all.
You know what's a classy way to retire if you're a superstar? You play out your last season, then when the season is over, you announce your retirement. You know what else is an acceptable way to retire? You announce near the end of your last season that you will retire when it's over, so your hometown fans have a chance to cheer extra loudly for you a few last times. This is particularly acceptable if you've played your whole career with one team.
You know what's a really fucking obnoxious way to retire? Announce before the season starts that it will be your last, turning said season into one long farewell tour so everyone can suck your dick for 162 games straight. Examples: Chipper Jones, and you-know-who. YEAH JEETS. It becomes especially motherfucking obnoxious when the player who does this--and they always ostensibly do it in part so that "it doesn't become a distraction" during the season--then takes every single goddamn opportunity to turn the whole thing into as much of a distraction as possible.
A couple of quick caveats: First, Chipper was and is an asshole, but he obviously wasn't as horrible about this as Jeter is going to be, even though they both announced during spring training. I really don't think Chipper gives a shit about attention, which is what separates him from Jeter. Second, while I despised the Mariano Rivera 2013 Goodbye Tour that took over last season, I'll cut him a bit of a break given that he was coming back from that nasty knee injury he sustained in 2012. It was a legitimate question whether he would pitch again--then he decided to, and also announced his retirement, since he was old as shit and somehow coming back from a torn ACL. I can live with that.
Anyways, back to the most important person who has ever played baseball, or breathed air on this planet, Derek "My Playoff Triple Slash Is Virtually Identical To My Regular Season Triple Slash" Jeter, and the press conference he conducted earlier this week. Good thing no one was distracted by it! Now, I am not so much of a dipshit to think "distractions" like retirement announcements and whether a player is straight or gay have a significant effect on a team's performance. I just hate disingenuous people, and if ever there was a disingenuous thing to do, it's be Derek Jeter, announce your retirement in February, then pretend to be surprised and/or nonplussed about how everyone wants to talk about it and shower you with gifts and questions and love.
And while most of the conversation was about his retirement, it wasn’t like most retirement announcements we normally see. Jeter had no prepared statement. He said he said everything in the Facebook message last week. The reason? He didn’t want to be a distraction and didn’t want his teammates to have to show up for a formal announcement ceremony.
How dare you forget, sportswriters? How fucking damn dare you? He's still got a season to spend missing every ground ball not hit directly at him, legging out a handful of infield singles while risking a humiliating career-ending hamstring explosion, and getting a fucking standing ovation everywhere he goes. (Aren't you just so excited for his last game at Fenway, when TAWM BRADY NATION will applaud for him? You don't suppose that'll be publicized and analyzed for weeks and weeks afterwards, do you? Nahhh, I didn't think it would either.)
When pressed for reasons for his retirement he half-jokingly, but somewhat seriously, asked the reporters if they didn’t really read his Facebook announcement.
I'm disappointed in HardBallTalk's Craig Calcaterra for the non-editorial nature of this writeup. He's a smart guy who usually injects a little snark into his posts when it's needed. And boy was it needed here. Instead, we're getting just the facts about Flip Play McGee
Still, the questions came.
From 1996 through 2012, he averaged 151 GP per year. Lucky bastard.