Jeetah’s Bettah!

Reading one of the best Yankees blogs, Bronx Banter, this morning, I came across this comment in a thread focusing on Derek Jeter: "i used to hate jeter just because he represented the yankees. he’s the face of your franchise–thus hatred will be concentrated on him… however, since the acquisition of alex rodriguez, i have come to genuinely like jeter by comparison. dead serious–that’s how i wound up respecting jeter; the comparison with a-rod. you may hate it, call me names, etc., and go ahead, but it’s true." Who’s the author of this comment? Well, it’s Beth, the author of the excellent Sox blog, Cursed to First; She’s such a committed Yankee-hater that I feel the perverse need to visit her site every day just to see her well-written rants against my boys in the Bronx (well, mostly she just writes well-written pieces about the Sox and Pats). So I believe this marks a kind of turning point in Yanks-Sox relations, or, rather it’s the culmination of a process that’s been a few years in the making. And I’m pleased to officially state this truism long known by the millions of Yanks fans walking this earth: Everyone loves Derek Jeter. Red Sox Nation, say it with me, Jeetah’s bettah! He’s great! His grace in the field is unmatched, his professionalism is the ideal in all of sports, he is a wonder to behold. Now that this repressed admiration has been freed from within the closed hearts of Sox fans, you members of RSN should feel free to cheer him loudly when he visits Fenway this season.

7 comments… add one
  • i’m flattered by your kind words about my blog etc., but i would also like to direct you to another line in my comment– “am i ever going to *love* jeter? NFW”. not virulently hating a person or wanting to sport disparaging t-shirts about him is def. not the same as being prepared to cheer him.
    and i don’t think you should take it as a good thing that a-rod has become the face of the yankees.

    beth March 7, 2006, 2:59 pm
  • Come on, Beth. Don’t deny it. Your true feelings become more clear with every line. Because we know how to read between them. Beth and Derek, sittin’ in a tree….

    YF March 7, 2006, 3:21 pm
  • …and like the Grinch their hearts grew four sizes larger that day.

    walein March 7, 2006, 3:58 pm
  • //Beth and Derek, sittin’ in a tree…//
    har.
    ask anyone who knows me, my heart belongs to keith foulke. the one little corner left over belongs to schilling. yes, it’s true.
    if you’re gonna tease me for something, at least be accurate. :-)

    beth March 7, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • oh and there’s also a piece in there for papelbon. just sayin’.

    beth March 7, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Ahh, Beth. Personally, I think “not hate” out of a Sox fan in reference to Jeter is pretty much the same as “true love forever.” I mean at least it’s about as incredible a statement! ;)

    Sandy March 7, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • sandy–my god, what kind of brain damage must one suffer to be a yankees fan? you people need help. :-)

    beth March 8, 2006, 10:27 am

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