Derek Jeter is profiled in the upcoming GQ, and the Seth Mnookin piece puts a nice bow on one of the baseball’s most notable (and overrated) superstars. Mnookin, a lifelong Red Sox fan, paints a glowing portrait of the Yankees shortstop while plaining outlining his faults.
His 2010 season was, by far, the worst of his career—so bad that the onetime perennial MVP candidate was, by many yardsticks, worse than your average player. Out of the seventy American Leaguers with 500 or more plate appearances, he was thirty-fourth in batting average, thirty-third in on-base percentage, and fifty-eighth in slugging percentage. His defensive range was so limited—by one measure, he placed last among shortstops for his overall contribution in the field—that when he won his fifth Gold Glove award, a post on a widely respected baseball Web site read simply “My head just exploded.“
It’s a read that’s worth your time. I personally appreciate Jeter for his ability to bang hot women with the same frequency and quality that I blow my nose. I don’t give a damn about what he does on the field. If dude can bag Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba AND Minka Kelly, that’s a hero to me.