Who's Better Than Derek Jeter? I Mean, Really.

Andrew WeaverCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2009

Thank God for Derek Jeter.

Whenever you hear this guy talk, you just feel like everything is going to be okay. In Yankee-land as of late, things have been a little rocky (to say the least), but Derek Jeter's mere presence as the team leader softens the perception of the situation, and fans like I can take a deep breath and know that all is not lost for the 2009 Yankees amidst the latest controversy.

Here's the audio from The Captain's meeting today with the media addressing A-Rod, courtesy of Peter Abraham's (best Yankees beat writer out there in my mind) blog.

It just doesn't get more "real" than Derek Jeter. I mean, talk about a straight-shooting, no BS type of guy. He calls 'em as he sees 'em, and you have to respect that.

He's supportive of his teammate, but doesn't condone his actions.

He stands up for his MLB peers who didn't take steroids but fall under the umbrella of the "Era," and thinks it's unfair to get lumped in with the others who did not go the legit-route.

He never speaks for anyone else except himself, and whenever he's asked about his personal achievements or how he should be viewed in comparison to other players who cheated (and by the way, he doesn't even concede to actually call them "cheaters"), he always brings it back to one thing and one thing only:


The sound byte is long, but listen to the first few minutes. Jeter's a class act, any way you slice it, and knowing he's manning the ship makes the outlook for the 2009 season not as dreadful as it's looked in recent weeks.

Who wouldn't want this guy on their team?

We're sure gonna miss him one day.