[ Lesening ] ➾ The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter Autor Ian O'Connor – Islecook.co.uk

The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter Every Spring, Little Leaguers Across The Country Mimic His Stance And Squabble Over The Right To Wear His Number The Next Number To Be Retired By The World S Most Famous Ball Team Derek Jeter Is Their Hero He Walks In The Footsteps Of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, And Mantle, And Someday His Shadow Will Loom Just As Large Yet He Has Never Been The Best Player In Baseball In Fact, He Hasn T Always Been The Best Player On His Team But His Intangible Grace And Jordanesque Ability To Play Big In The Biggest Of Postseason Moments Make Him The Face Of The Modern Yankee Dynasty, And Of America S Game In The Captain, Best Selling Author Ian O Connor Draws On Extensive Reporting And Unique Access To Jeter That Has Spanned Some Years To Reveal How A Biracial Kid From Michigan Became New York S Most Beloved Sports Figure And The Enduring Symbol Of The Steroid Free Athlete O Connor Takes Us Behind The Scenes Of A Legendary Baseball Life And Career, From Jeter S Early Struggles In The Minor Leagues, When Homesickness And Errors In The Field Threatened A Stillborn Career, To His Heady Days As A Yankee Superstar And Prince Of The City Who Squired Some Of The World S Most Beautiful Women, To His Tense Battles With Former Best Friend A Rod We Also Witness Jeter Struggling To Come To Terms With His Declining Skills And The Declining Favor Of The Only Organization He Ever Wanted To Play For, Leading To A Contentious Contract Negotiation With The Yankees That Left People Wondering If Jeter Might End His Career In A Uniform Without Pinstripes Derek Jeter S March Toward The Hall Of Fame Has Been Dignified And Certain, But Behind That Leadership And Hero S Grace There Are Hidden Struggles And Complexities That Have Never Been Explored, Until Now As Jeter Closes In On , Hits, A Number No Yankee Has Ever Touched, The Captain Offers An Incisive, Exhilarating, And Revealing New Look At One Of The Game S Greatest Players In The Gloaming Of His Career Rating 4 of 5 stars very good Review While I cannot consider myself a fan of either the New York Yankees or of Derek Jeter, I respect the consistent excellence that both of them bring to the game of baseball When I found this book when looking for a good biography, I picked this up I then let it sit on my to be read pile for over a year until the 2014 regular season ended and I decided to read it after Jeter played his last game I was able to obtain the audio version of the book at no extra cost, and now that I have a longer commute, I decided to listen to the audio book and this review is based on that version.This is a book that truly lives up to the title Ian O Connor does take the reader on a journey of Derek Jeter s life and career In the opening notes, O Connor does state that he did not obtain interviews with Jeter and that the book was a result of research and interviews with other people That is the strength of this book as O Connor tells the complete story of Jeter s baseball career from his days in Kalamazoo, Michigan to the 1992 draft when Jeter was unexpectedly available for the Yankees my favorite chapter in the book to his struggles in the minor leagues and finally his adventures in pinstripes at both the old and new Yankee Stadium.O Connor covers many sports in the New York metropolitan area, including the Yankees and his knowledge of the game and the team shows in the book He writes not only about Jeter s ride through the Yankee dynasty of 1996 2000, but also has many stories about the team itself and some of the players in those years such as Scott Brosius and Mariano Rivera The reader is taken through those seasons, as well as the frustrating seasons as the Yankees waited nine years before winning another title.Not only is Jeter s baseball career covered in the book, but O Connor also does a fine job writing about Jeter s biracial roots, the values his parents instilled in Jeter and his sister and also the type of lifestyle that many men can only dream of What I really liked about this aspect of the book is that it did not turn scandalous, as many other biographies do on this topic, nor did it come off as too admiring Sure, O Connor states at times that Jeter seems to be living a charmed life But he didn t overdo it by letting the reader know that Jeter worked hard at keeping that portion of his life as private as possible, therefore it didn t turn into tabloid material.This isn t to say there weren t problems with the book as well Because I listened to the audio version, it was clear that the narrator, Nick Polifrone, was not familiar with some of the players mentioned in the book as there were several mispronunciation incidents of player names Two examples are Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia the second syllable was pronounced with a long A sound instead of the correct short A sound Also notable is Robin Yount s name was pronounced with the first syllable sounding like You instead of the proper Yow Of course this is not an issue for readers of the paper book or the e book, but I was disappointed to hear these names not properly pronounced.I also felt that at times O Connor s writing came across as an admirer of Jeter instead of an objective author That came across when Jeter would be struggling he would always find a way to overcome it Those were written in a way that it seemed like the man could do nothing wrong and if he did, he would correct it I also felt that O Connor was critical of players not on the Yankees and other teams when it wasn t called for This was especially true when the book would need to include the other New York baseball team The accounts of the 2000 World Series when the Yankees defeated the Mets and also the comparisons to responses by both teams to the 2001 terrorist attacks felt like O Connor was trying to show just how much better the Yankees were than the Mets I am sure that he did not intentionally do this, but that is how it felt, especially when listening to the book instead of reading it.Despite these minor issues, I felt that the book was a very good recap of Jeter s career and life up to the middle of the 2011 season, including the day Jeter got his 3000th base hit This book is well worth the time to read for learning about Jeter and what lead to his Hall of Fame worthy career.Did I skim NoPace of the book Excellent O Connor keeps the book moving with interesting tales on each portion of Jeter s career This is not only for his time with the Yankees but also during his high school days and his struggles in the minor leagues.Do I recommend Yes Whether the reader is a Yankees fan, a baseball fan in general or enjoys well researched biographies, this book is a good choice If the reader is someone who believes too much attention was given to Jeter during his playing days or strongly dislikes the New York Yankees, then pass on this one.Book Format Read Listened Audio book I m a long time NY Yankees fan I wanted to read about one of my Yankee heroes playing today.Ian O Connor wrote a very good book about Derek Jeter the latest captain of the Yankees Its a 400 page burner I read in 3 days Some nice B W pictures too The book reads smooth with no boring parts.We see Derek growing up with his white mother and black father and sister His entire family was super against drugs and his father was a drug counselor This had a huge impact on Derek staying clean and not taking steroids in baseball.WE see his natural ability and his dream of playing SS on the NY Yankees and marrying his idol singer Mariah Carry He does date Mariah but does not marry her He does become the greatest Yankee SS of all time.We see him selected in the 6th round by the Yankees and going into the minors for a short stay and then brought up to Yankee MLB.Originally we see the rookie as not very good both on defensive or offensive However the Yankees stick with him allowing his confidence to increase and his skills to get better WE see his golden gloves, silver bat and other awards as he gradually becomes one of the premier SS s We start seeing his mega million dollar contracts.Jeter is the professional with a nice disposition and courteous, trying to get along with everyone.We see many of his teammates and becoming an experienced player helping new rookies We see him given the job and honer of Captain of the Yankees We see Alex Rodriguez signed with a bigger contract than Jeter s mega million contract by the Yankees and having to play third base and fit in We see the huge ego of Alex and the pride of Jeter conflicting Later in their carriers Alex and Derek put aside their differences and Derek gets his fifth WS ring and Alex gets his first We see Derek becoming the Yankee with the most hits over 3,000 and gaining on other Yankee records.We see all the many beautiful woman in Derek s lifemany supermodels and Plus we see Derek s great wealth including his gigantic multi million dollar home on Davis Island, Fl and his multi million dollar apartment in NYC Derek becomes the prince of NY and one of America s most wanted bachelors He has it all, a great job extreme wealth, friends, lots of beautiful women and.Here is a non boastful man, who did his job and led others by his playing skills A great ball player Many compare Derek Jeter to Joe DiMaggio INMO NOT, NOT After reading The Captain The Journal of Derek Jeter book and the bio of Doe DiMaggio they are nowhere the same Both men baseball champions with many records Joe DiMaggio a HOF and Derek Jeter will be HOF on first ballet as soon as eligible However I learned Joe DiMaggio was a huge egotistic had little use for Mantle and others who thought people, even many of his friends were constantly trying to make money on his name INMO Joe was an egotistical peacock to many men and women while Derek is a much nicer, much lovable, much lower ego person.I ve been lucky seeing Derek Jeter play in the Tampa Rays stadium, wore my Jeter jersey and saw him get hits each game I viewed A great player, future HOF and a nice person The book 4 1 3 stars


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