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S’long, Jeet
New Yorker, by Roger Angell

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Posted By:Flyright, 8/30/2014 8:36:10 AM

We know Derek Jeter by heart, so why all this memorizing? The between-pitches bat tucked up in his armpit. The fingertip helmet-twiddle. The left front foot wide open, out of the box until the last moment, and the cop-at-a-crossing right hand ritually lifted astern until the foot swings shut. That look of expectation, a little night-light gleam, under the helmet. The pitch—this one a slow breaking ball, a fraction low and outside—taken but inspected with a bending bow in its passage. More. Jeter’s celebrity extends beyond his swing, of course, but can perhaps be summarized by an excited e-mail once

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/30/2014 8:45:17 AM     (No. 9986966)

Roger Angell is a great baseball writer. Anything he pens is worth reading.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: fhancock, 8/30/2014 8:48:16 AM     (No. 9986970)

Derek Jeter was an old school baseball player in the 21st Century...he was ALL BUSINESS ALL THE TIME...that is why we will miss him...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: varkdriver, 8/30/2014 9:39:44 AM     (No. 9987043)

Strongly agree with you #1. Sports Illustrated did a long profile on Roger Angell. He is a true gem of a writer.

Full disclosure: this reporter is not a Yankee fan, but Jeter is a solid consistent performer and a gentlemanly citizen. No one has a bad word to say about the man. Plus he dated Mariah Carey I rest my case.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: varkdriver, 8/30/2014 9:39:49 AM     (No. 9987044)

Strongly agree with you #1. Sports Illustrated did a long profile on Roger Angell. He is a true gem of a writer.

Full disclosure: this reporter is not a Yankee fan, but Jeter is a solid consistent performer and a gentlemanly citizen. No one has a bad word to say about the man. Plus he dated Mariah Carey: I rest my case.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: varkdriver, 8/30/2014 10:09:18 AM     (No. 9987062)

But then again, I repeat myself...

Sorry about that, folks, I wasn´t getting the normal indications that it had posted the first time.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chillijilli, 8/30/2014 10:29:56 AM     (No. 9987093)

An extraordinary tribute to an extraordinary player, penned by an extraordinary writer. What a way to start the day!

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