On Jeter and Gwynn

You know, a lot has been made about the amount of attention Fox paid to Derek Jeter last night, particularly in relation to how much attention it paid to Tony Gwynn (none). All of which seems ridiculous to me. First, to my recollection, Major League Baseball has never used the All Star Game to pay tribute to recently deceased players, even important and beloved ones like Gwynn. So to complain that MLB and Fox are not doing something they have never done before seems silly.

Second, Fox didn’t even use all the footage it had of Jeter from yesterday’s game. For instance, after he was removed from the game, they made no mention about how he left the park:

Jeter Leaving

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And thus does the spirit of Jeter doth now rest on Trout.




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Mike Bates used to have a stupid pseudonym. Now he doesn't because people want to pay him to write about baseball on the Internet and he's really a sell out that way. He is also a Designated Columnist at SBNation, co-founder of The Platoon Advantage, and is an American Carpetbagger on Getting Blanked, the finest in Canadian baseball-type sites. His favorite word is paradigm. Follow him on Twitter here: http://www.twitter.com/commnman


4 Responses to “On Jeter and Gwynn”

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  1. tz says:

    Visualizing Jeter cruising down the Mississippi in a gift basket 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high.

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  2. ???? says:

    “First, to my recollection, Major League Baseball has never used the All Star Game to pay tribute to recently deceased players, even important and beloved ones like Gwynn.”

    Seriously? Ted Williams died a week before the 2002 ASG and they renamed the All-Star Game MVP award for him that year. Did you just conveniently forget about that?

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