October 30, 2009

The Roberto Clemente Award goes to…

Derek Jeter! It’s about time he was honored for his off the field work. Jeter is the best ambassador to Major League Baseball, and was my role model as a young baseball player.

Here’s some info on his Turn 2 Foundation:

Jeter established his Turn 2 Foundation in 1996, and since then it has awarded more than $10 million in grants for programs that motivate kids to turn away from drugs and alcohol.

Recently, Jeter's foundation donated $500,000 to launch the "Derek Jeter Academy at Phoenix House" in Tampa, an outpatient counseling center.

What a guy. A few of my buddies were talking about how he is overrated in clutch situations the other day, and I was a little disgruntled.

Sometimes, performing well in the clutch is being able to continue a current pace. In other words, Jeter hit .334 in 2009, so if he can hit .334 in clutch situations, that’s pretty damn good and makes him a clutch player, right?

If you don’t think so, then I can only think of one player in the last decade who is really a clutch player. Unfortunately, I’d have to say that man is David Ortiz. Thoughts?

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