In case you haven't been paying attention to Gatorade ads, Yankees shortstop and alleged butt fetishist Derek Jeter has been on a very emotional year-long victory lap celebrating one of the great careers in baseball. But if you're starting to feel like maybe Jeter, the Yankees, MLB, the media, and Jeter's many sponsors have perhaps taken this a bit too far, then you're in luck: Keith Olbermann is here to set fire to Jeter's legacy. Because once you start comparing people to Red Ruffing, you know the gloves are really off.
Special shout-out to the graphics people at Olbermann's show for these gems:
While Olbermann's statistical truth-telling and righteous indignation certainly puts a pin in the hype balloon, if Olbermann really wanted to bring Jeter back down to earth, he could of at least also mentioned the one-night stand parting gifts and hilarious sex stories. Oh wait, he actually did by ending the segment with a grave "Yeah Jeets."
In an amazing coincidence, Jeter officially kinda-sorta denied the gift-basket story to NY Magazine this week, because rhetorical devices are always what they seem to be:
"Like I’m giving them signed baseballs and pictures of myself on the way out! Who comes up with a story like that?” He laughs, incredulous. “It said the reason people found out was because I gave the same girl the same basket and I had forgotten I’d given her one—like there are so many people coming through I forgot!" Even if Jeter were cheesy enough to have handed out souvenirs, he’s far too careful to have made that kind of mistake.