Derek Jeter, Competitor or Cheater? What do you think and what do your kids think?


8 Responses to “Derek Jeter, Competitor or Cheater? What do you think and what do your kids think?”

  1. September 17, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    OK, folks. By now we’ve all seen or at least heard about Derek Jeter faking being hit by a pitch when the ball clearly hit his bat.

    I wanna know what you think about it.

    Does Derek Jeter play by different rules than our young players? Would those who think he was “in it to win it” feel the same if a 9 year old kid did the same thing?

    I’m curious and we may address this on this week’s show so let me know what you think.


    Coach Tony

  2. 2 sid finch
    September 17, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    All of these idiots calling Derek Jeter a cheater have got to be kidding me. Most of them have never cracked a sweat in their lives. Will every framed pitch, stolen sign, checked swing, infield or outfield deke or trapped catch now be under moral scrutiny. “Sorry ump, but you blew that one, no way I checked that swing”. If Jeter was hitting .330, he probably wouldn’t have tried to sell it so hard, but so what. It’s simply part of the game and to be talked about as a reflection of Jeter’s character is a joke. You will never find a better character guy in MLB than him, NEVER! Every father should tell their son to watch that guy and do what he does,without hesitation. The line “If you ain’t cheatin, you ain’t tryin” is an old sports sayin, but it is relevant here. If an advantage is given to you, and you can subtley help to bring about that advantage in professional sports, than you do it, period. Did Reggie stick his rear end out in that run down in the Series, Yes. Does Andy Petite balk every single time over to first, Yes(they’ll never call it). Is that a reflection on his character. I don’t think so. It’s come down to, “the umps gotta get it right”. They’ll blow one that shoulda went Jeter’s way this week, so it evens out. All the Jeter haters finally have something they see as a blemish on his resume. Stop it, people. Get in a game, play a sport and stop repeating what Mike Francesa or one of these radioheads stir up on the air.

  3. September 17, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    radioheads????? Should I be offended?

    • 4 sid finch
      September 17, 2010 at 1:05 PM

      No, your not a full fledged radiohead yet and you could play.

  4. 5 John
    September 17, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    who the hell said he could play?????

  5. 6 eric
    September 21, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    I too think Jeter is an amazing athlete and is a great, if not the best role model in sports. I agree it is up to the umps to get the call right, and most times they don’t. However, this is not a case of just a blown call. This is a call that Jeter sold by holding his wrist. Players do this every day and get away with it. The reason it is such a big deal IS because it is Jeter. I don’t expect him to beg the ump to reverse his call but he does get a little hit to his image for that play.

  6. September 21, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    If you listened to the show this weekend, we liken this play to a catcher framing a strike or an outfielder trying to convince an umpire that a trapped ball is actually a catch. It happens every day in MLB. The only difference is that this time it happened to Derek Jeter.

  7. 8 Kevin St. Pierre
    September 24, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    There is a subtle difference between the framed strike or trapped ball and what Jeter did. The borderline pitch and the trap are plays where the umpires have a clear view, and they judge the play on what they see, not the player’s act… whether the ball crossed the plate or whether the ball bounced. Any umpire worth his salt will tell you the catcher’s frame and the outfielder’s act have no bearing on their call… and players generally know that.

    But in Jeter’s case, much like a foul ball off the foot, things happen too quickly for the umpire to discern whether the ball hit Jeter or the bat. He reacted to Jeter’s act, plain and simple. Not saying whether it’s right or wrong, but it’s a bit different than a catcher framing a pitch, mainly in that Jeter knew the umpire couldn’t tell, and that his act WAS likely to influence the call.

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