Happy to share with you my debut over at Rolling Stone, in what will be a pretty regular column (hopefully) called Flagrant 2. The culture section at their site is doing some exciting stuff lately, and I’m proud to be part of it.
Today, I wrote about the MLB All-Star game last night, and specifically, how it was a farewell to Yankees legend Derek Jeter. Yes, there are references to gift baskets and the infamous YEAH JEETS! story, because you can’t tell the entire Jeter story without those elements.
You can read the entire piece here, excerpt is below. Enjoy.
Jeter’s accomplishments are well known. He’s a five-time World Series champion, a 14-time All-Star, he won the Rookie of the Year in 1996 and the World Series MVP in 2000. As part of the “Core Four” along with Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera, Jeter will go down in Yankees lore as one of the best to put on the uniform.
Baseball may be American’s national pastime, but these days it’s the only reason you’re still up past your bedtime. Ratings are declining and the sport is losing the younger demographic. But what MLB will always have is its appreciation for history, and that’s more important to infrastructure of baseball than anything else. On Tuesday, it was on full display as they bid farewell to number two, Derek Jeter.