Bradley vs. Jeter: 60 Minutes takes on the Captain

The most revealing moment in Ed Bradley’s 60 Minutes profile of Derek Jeter last night (transcript) came toward its end, and the subject was the wall Jeter puts up between himself and the media. Bradley, like just about everyone else who has ever interviewed the Captain, was not going to get past the protective facade Jeter has constructed for himself. From the transcript:

Jeter admits he’s been wary of people since he was a kid. “I wish I trusted people more,” he says. “But when I meet someone, the first thing is, ‘What does this person want?’ And I put up a defense mechanism. But I’ve always been that way.

Not surprisingly, the CBS producers have removed the next exchange from the transcript, which went essentially like this:

Bradley: “Am I gonna get through?”

Jeter: (laughing): “No one has in 31 years, and it’s not gonna start now.”

We can’t help but respect Jeter’s desire for privacy, and the shots 60 Minutes provides of him getting mobbed in a midtown Starbucks and walking down the street near his home besieged by autograph seekers show, in part, why he’s guarded. The profile also suggested, though not very deeply, that the cause might be the fact that he is the product of biracial parents, and that as a younger man he was subject to sadly typical racial slurs.

Bradley gets some interesting material, though not much fresh, from Jeter’s parents (his father’s competitiveness, the good-behavior contract he signed as a boy, a certain signal he may have with his mom to indicate he’s going for a dinger—we suppose that’s bs, but anything for mom is okay in our book) yet never probes with any real deepth. (Okay, it’s tv.) There’s no sign of Jeter’s sister, and a half-assed stab at the “nightlife” (non)issue. Mr. Torre provides some pap. No teammates are interviewed, nor any of the Yankee beat writers.

It’s gonna take more effort than that to crack the Jeter facade.

7 comments… add one

  • Please remove your overly-analytical lips from Mr. Jeter’s behind. Your ruminations are embarassing us all.

    Anonymous September 26, 2005, 12:15 pm
  • I have sabermetric data to suggest that Nomar’s facade is 26% less likely to be broken by the media than Jeter’s, despite public opinion to the contrary. Yet another pro-Yankee myth debunked!

    pstar-sf September 26, 2005, 1:23 pm
  • Over-analytical lips? I’m not sure there is anything particularly sycophantic in that post, and if you’re not interested in the occassional post about the Yankee captain, this probably is not the site for you.
    Meanwhile, the NY Daily News reports today that Jeter has received threatening letters demanding he stop seeing white women and that he is a “traitor to his race.” Similar letters have been received by Clarence Thomas, Jason Taylor, and various other celebrities, all from the same source, according to the FBI. Noxious in every way.

    YF September 26, 2005, 1:51 pm
  • Yes, you are right, YF. Clarence Thomas does stink.

    SF September 26, 2005, 3:19 pm
  • I’m going to try making my 15-month-old sign a contract, as it seemed to work for DJ’s parents. Prospective clauses to include: “No Cheerios until you’ve fielded 50 grounders,” “No throwing a breaking ball until you’re at least two years old,” and “Stop soiling yourself.”
    The Bradley piece was pretty superficial, though this Sox fan has said it before and will say it again: Derek Jeter is my favorite player not named Jason Varitek.

    MJL in L.A. September 26, 2005, 4:12 pm
  • They should have saved this program for a couple of weeks… so that Yankee fans would have something to watch after the Sox knock them out of first place and Cleveland grabs the wildcard.

    Hudson September 26, 2005, 8:20 pm
  • Derek appears to be confident about his lifestyle, but probably is not as confident as he would like to be. His parents have been shown together in the ballparks cheering him. I heard he has been receiving letters to stop dating out of his race, which is racist and hateful. This is still America.
    As for the comment about Derek and Jason Varitek, Jason is also captain of the Red Sox team and should be acknowledged with the same respect as Derek. He is my favorite player.
    Derek Jeter fans better hold onto your Yankee caps for dear life, because the Boston Red Sox will defeat the Yankees here in Boston.
    GO SOX.
    Red Sox Fan.

    Red Sox Fan. September 27, 2005, 8:25 am

Leave a Comment