09 December 2010

Derek Jeter, quit your whinin'

From an opinion column in The Spartan Daily about baseball shortstop Derek Jeter's new contract with the New York Yankees:

The Yankees offered Jeter a 3-year, $45 million contract, which was outrageous considering Jeter is 36 years old and showing it on the field.

He just had the worst offensive season of his career, and has always been considered to be overrated due to having spent a career with the Yankees.

Yet Jeter publicly scoffed at this contract, despite it making him the highest-paid shortstop in baseball and probably twice what any rational team would pay him.

The Yankees responded by suggesting he “test the market” and drink some “reality potion.”

Harsh, considering Jeter has been the captain and face of the franchise for years now, but for once, I completely support the Yankees.

And still, just days later, the Yankees have decided to throw more money his way. According to reports, he begrudgingly accepted, angry that the Yankees disrespected him with such embarrassing amounts of money.

I don’t think the world realized how highly Jeter thought of himself.

In fact, I don’t think anyone thinks of Jeter as highly as he does himself, which I suppose just drops him right in with the majority of professional athletes.

Let’s break this down for a moment though: The best shortstop in baseball right now is probably Bay Area native Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies.

Tulowitzki just received a 7-year, $133 million contract, putting him in the same yearly salary range as mediocre-at-best Jeter.

Hey Derek: the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 15.1 million unemployed Americans in November 2010 struggling to put good food on the table, and you are whining over several million dollars a year? Suck it up, you pig. And please explain why the San Francisco Giants faced the Texas Rangers, not your New York Yankees this World Series (and won!)

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