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Interpreting Derek Jeter’s Spring Training Press Conference

Posted by Andrew Zercie on February 26, 2010

Whenever New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter speaks, it’s rare that he allows much to be known. Jeter likes to keep his true thoughts to himself, always has.

Earlier this week, Jeter held a press conference prior to the first day that position players were obligated to be in Tampa for spring training. While most of what he said to the media was the usual vanilla, uncontroversial stuff he’s stuck to for 15 years, there appeared to be some interesting material tucked in-between the boring run-of-the-mill quotes many are used to reading.

What follows is my attempt to deconstruct some of Jeter’s quotes to provide a better understanding of the deeper meaning behind his carefully-crafted answers to questions from the media. Quotes by Derek Jeter were found in various published reports.

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ALCS: Start Spreading the News

Posted by Andrew Zercie on October 15, 2009

Look for a big ALCS from A-Rod.

Look for a big ALCS from A-Rod.

Because the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have made it to the postseason nearly every year this decade, it’s easy to forget that these teams have not had much success in October in recent seasons. The Yankees’ ALDS sweep of the Minnesota Twins earned them a berth in the ALCS for the first time since 2004. The Angels advanced to the ALCS for the first time since 2005.

The Angels have had the Yankees’ number since Mike Scioscia became their manager. As great as the Yankees’ roster is this season, the Angels’ success over them in October casts a shadow of doubt over the Yankees’ chances to move on to the World Series.

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ALDS Preview: We Will See Sox-Yanks, IV

Posted by Andrew Zercie on October 7, 2009

Yankees Need a Big Postseason From CC

Yankees Need a Big Postseason From CC

The Yankees are back in the playoffs after finishing 3rd in the AL East last season. The hottest team in baseball may be the Minnesota Twins, winners of 17 of their last 21, including an extra game in extra innings. Do they have enough talent to match their momentum?

The Red Sox seek their third World Series title in six seasons, but can they get past the Angels, who are talented and inspired by the loss of Nick Adenhart?

With apologies to the other sports, there’s nothing better than the baseball postseason. Here now, is a quick look at each Division Series, with some predictions.

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Vacation Thoughts

Posted by Andrew Zercie on August 25, 2009

I’ve been vacationing near Narragansett, RI for a few days now, and loving it. I don’t want to leave. Maybe, somewhere in my mind, I never will.

Even on vacation though, my mind wanders and I need to jot things down, or else they’ll vanish forever.

OMG! Reading is fundamental!

OMG! Reading is fundamental!

–Today, on the beach, I noticed a young woman was reading LA Candy, the novel from Lauren Conrad, who, like Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Perez Hilton, and loads of other people out there, is famous without doing anything of substance.

This woman at the beach was maybe in her early 20s. She had a belly ring, a tramp stamp, and was on some mobile device a half-dozen times. She was on a blanket right near us. Walking to and from the water with a bucket full of water for my kids 50 or so times, I had little choice but to notice.

I have no idea who this young woman is, whether or not she’s smart, or has a good job (she’s on the beach on a Tuesday…with her friends…anything’s possible I guess…), or is having one last hurrah before going back to school.

But, if I were single and 10 years younger let’s say, based on outward appearacnes, I’d look the other way. I’d be a little jealous though. It would be nice to have an uncluttered, empty mind, I guess.

I will say this, though. It is nice to see that Lauren Conrad, like Dan Brown and countless other best-selling authors, is helping her fans rediscover literacy. Good for her.

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Jeter Begins Assault on Hitting Milestones

Posted by Andrew Zercie on August 15, 2009

JeterDerek Jeter’s inevitable march to Cooperstown began in 2005, when Jeter completed his 10th major league season. Since then, it has only intensified as he approaches some of the no-brainer plateaus that make his eventual election to the Baseball Hall of Fame a fait accompli

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New York Yankees: Grading the Lineup

Posted by Andrew Zercie on July 6, 2009

The New York Yankees have reached the halfway point of the season at 48-33, four games better than last season at this time (44-37), and have won 10 of their last 11 games entering their Monday afternoon tilt against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Captain Earns an "A"

The Captain Earns an "A"

With the team at the exact midpoint of the season, now is a great time to assess how the players are performing this year. As a teacher, it is my sworn duty to hand out grades where I see fit, so players will receive letter grades on this “Yankees Mid-Season Report Card.”

This column will focus on the lineup, defined as the top 9 Yankees in at-bats, since a few players have split time at their respective positions. For a team with the most runs scored in baseball, expect a few high grades.

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Yankees and A-Rod Need Each Other

Posted by Andrew Zercie on May 2, 2009

2009 was supposed to be a “Return to Glory” for the New York Yankees. They were opening a grand new ballpark. They spent wildly in the offseason on the three premier free agents on the open market, putting Pinstripes on Mark Teixiera, CC Sabathia, and AJ Burnett.

Despite the positive news, the Yankees’ offseason was overshadowed by the many tales of Alex Rodriguez. Steroids. Madonna. Hip surgery. The provocative photo spread.

Through it all, the Yankees came out of spring training seemingly prepared, sporting a nifty 24-12-1 exhibition record. Many were saying the Yankees would fare well without Alex Rodriguez. Who needs his bat? Who needs his baggage?

As it turns out, the Yankees do.

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Baseball’s Regional Rumble Resumes

Posted by Andrew Zercie on April 23, 2009

Just 15 games into the 2009 season, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox renew their rivalry with a three-game series at Fenway Park in glorious summer-like weather beginning on Friday. But, does anyone outside the Northeast Corridor care?

This weekend’s series is taking a backseat to the NFL Draft, but I am fascinated by what could happen between these teams.

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Think Twice Before Moving Derek Jeter

Posted by Andrew Zercie on April 2, 2009

Many believe the New York Yankees have a problem on their hands in regards to Derek Jeter. Many believe he is regressing at the plate and in the field. His legendary 10 year, $189M contract expires at the end of the 2010 season. It is logical to speculate about Jeter’s future with the franchise. But there is no logical reason to move Derek Jeter from shortstop.

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