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A book only for those that don't know Derek Jeter,
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This review is from: The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter (Hardcover)
This book is great for those who don't know Derek Jeter or for those who live outside the New York City area and don't have regular access to Yankees broadcasts, news and media. Its a detailed look into the franchise's most celebrated Captain - his early life, his rise within the Yankees organization, his performance on and off the field and how Jeter became one of the best infielders in baseball history.
Other than that, this book is really a collective of stories, anecdotes, quotes and news bites that have been gathered over the years. Therefore, I would not recommend this book to anyone who has followed Jeter closely over the years because you've heard it and seen it all before and you've already experienced it. There is nothing new in this read; so much of the info in the book is just copied from other sources. A perfect example are things quoted from TV episodes (i.e. YES Network's Yankeeography and CenterStage; ESPN's SportsCentury). Why bother reading through 300 pages when anyone could just watch the show??? Also, this book is a real "twinkie munch" - a NY sports journalism term when reporters put an athlete on a pedestal and don't bother with any hard questions. Its true that Jeter is known as a great player and person but the read become a complete bore when O'Connor basically becomes Jeter's one-man publicity team.
Some other issues that I had with this book are:
(1)What's up with the 20 page dedication to Jeffrey Maier?? If you don't remember, Maier is the 12 year old kid who caught Jeter's deep fly ball in the stands that the umpires ruled a home run to the dismay of the Baltimore Orioles. This part of the book was completely unnecessary.
(2)The Alex Rodriguez bashing. Its true that the A-Rod/Jeter relationship was not well at the beginning of their stint together with the Yankees, but the negative spin against Rodriguez makes the author, Ian O'Connor, look ridiculously biased.
(3)The timing of this book. I truly believe this piece of writing should've waiting another couple of years because Jeter's career, and subsequent storyline, is far from over. This book only covers everything until the end of 2010. Well what happens in 2011? Jeter makes the 3000 hit mark, one of the most coveted accomplishments in major league baseball. The book is already outdated and incomplete.
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Initial post: Sep 8, 2014 8:53:06 PM PDT
Is there another book on Derek Jeter that you would recommend? Thanks!
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