Don's Monthly Newsletter: How Badly Do You Want It? - July 2011
Derek Jeter was the Yankee shortstop on opening day of the 1996 season, the first rookie in more than thirty years to achieve that honor. This summer, he has become the first Yankee - and 28th major league baseball player - to reach the 3000 hit milestone. He is the all-time hits leader among shortstops. Is it fair for us to wish such success and longevity upon ourselves?
The answer is yes. In fact, the keys to Jeter's success are hauntingly familiar.
Former teammate Paul O'Neill said in the June 20, 2011 edition of Sports Illustrated, "I don't think I ever heard him (Jeter) have one technical discussion about the mechanics of hitting. He keeps it simple. He just plays. It's like he's still playing high school baseball....he is an example of taking something you do that is good and making it great." Log in to read more...
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