The New York baseball scene is fortunate to have two ambassadors of good will and moral high ground to call our own. Derek Jeter, famous and legendary, is one and David Wright, underappreciated and flying under the radar is the other.
They are both consummate professionals. Derek Jeter is profoundly fortunate to have applied his considerable talents in a Yankee uniform, alternately benefiting from its halo of brilliance and contributing to it. Wright is overwhelmingly unfortunate to have plied his trade for the New York Mets and its' dysfunctional franchise. Same city - eons apart.
Both are having resurgent years. Wright began with a flirtation of the .400 batting average mark, but has been swallowed by the team's negativity and lack of surrounding credibility - still having a very good bounce-back season. Jeter is having similar success, and is probably the talent-rich Yankees' MVP.
Wright is certainly younger, but his comeback to stardom is stark, considering the disaster of the last couple of years. Nobody mentions performance enhancing drugs. Jeter's pronounced revitalization has created a platform for those who believe any comeback at his age has to undergo some scrutiny. It doesn't seem to have much traction, but the conspiracy theorists are surfacing it, and the very sound of it makes your skin crawl. Today (September 21), the New York Daily News reported that Jeter indicated he could imagine himself in another uniform after his Yankee contract expires. The theorists will say he's still angry at the team, and might have sought enhancements to prove their public misgivings concerning a long term deal inappropriate.
Those who decry the suggestion of impropriety point to Jeter's power, which is one sign of steroid employment. His 15 homers are productive, but hardly inspiring. Here's what you see from the 2012 Derek Jeter - a continuation of his role as one of the best clutch hitters ever, and an amazing propensity to drop singles and doubles in places fielders aren't located. You hardly ever see Jeter line out to anybody. It's an amazing sidebar to a spectacular career. None of this observation points to enhancements of any kind.
Beyond the physical characteristics and statistical information, supportive or not to these suggestions, there are some people that are simply above the fray, beyond the improper, to whom nasty rumors just don't attach easily. There aren't many humans above reproach. Love or hate Derek Jeter, he's one of them.
Glenn Vallach has been a New York Mets fan since foolishly abandoning the mighty Yankees in his youth after Mickey Mantle retired. Since the fond, fleeting memories of the Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee years, he sits quietly yearning for a fraction of the success enjoyed annually by the team that inhabits the borough in which I was born...waiting and hoping...waiting and hoping.
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- · Anthony Mccarron, New York Daily News, Yankee captain Derek Jeter says he's open to the possibility of playing for another team: report