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I surrender: unleash your “Derek Jeter-is-a-Winner” Porn. Let us revel in it.

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Derek Jeter came back yesterday, hit a home run and took major part in the Yankees win. The crowd goes wild and the media goes wilder. Such is the way of the Jeter World.

I am usually the first person to mock overly-effusive examples of “Jeter-is-a-magical-winning-unicorn!” prose, the likes of which always comes out when Jeter does great things. The stuff which puts people like me in the uncomfortable position of having to say that an inner-circle Hall of Famer is overrated. Something which you’d think one would never have to do, but which comes up a lot with Jeter. His career is the kind which we’d think is beyond superlatives, but they keep coming up with increasingly crazy superlatives for him and it gets out of hand, often.

But I’m letting it go. At least for now, maybe forever. Biogenesis and Alex Rodriguez stuff is beyond depressing. Just an utter slog. The Yankees’ season, while certainly not over yet, has been depressing too.  But now Jeter is back and he did baseball stuff that made people happy yesterday. And people should revel in that until Hell won’t have it, because that’s what it’s all about.

Though it’s my job to offer my view on PED stuff and my view on that is well-known by now, as a fan I’d rather put up with the most eye-rollingly crazy Jeter stuff than the most cogent and hard-headed PED arguments. One is fun. The other is not. Business is business and pleasure is pleasure and baseball is still and always will be more about pleasure than it is about business for me.

All Hail Derek Jeter. None of the excessive things said about him are anywhere close to as troublesome as the purely factual things about drugs and suspensions all that noise said about anyone else.

Trevor May joins eSports team Luminosity

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 04: Trevor May #65 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the sixth inning at Progressive Field on August 4, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Twins 9-2.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
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When he’s not throwing baseballs, Twins pitcher Trevor May is an active gamer. He streams on Twitch, a very popular video game streaming site, fairly regularly and now he’s officially on an eSports team. Luminosity Gaming announced the organization added May last Friday. It appears he’ll be streaming and commentating on Overwatch, a multiplayer first-person shooter made by Blizzard Entertainment.

May is the only current athlete to be an active member of an eSports team. Former NBA player Rick Fox owns Echo Fox, an eSports team that sports players in games including League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Street Fighter V, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Mortal Kombat X. Jazz forward Gordon Hayward is also a known advocate of eSports.

The NBA in particular has been very active on the eSports front. Kings co-owners Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov launched NRG eSports in November 2015. Shortly thereafter, Grizzlies co-owner Stephen Kaplan invested in the Immortals eSports team. Almost a year later, the 76ers acquired controlling stakes in Team Dignitas and Team Apex. The same month, the Wizards’ and Warriors’ owners launched a group called Axiomatic, which purchased a controlling stake in Team Liquid, a long-time Starcraft: Brood War website which has since branched out into other games. And also in September 2016, Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko bought team Renegades, moving them to a group house in Detroit. In December 2016, the Bucks submitted a deal to Riot Games in order to purchase Cloud9’s Challenger league spot for $2.5 million. The Rockets that month hired someone specifically for eSports development, focusing on strategy and investment. Last month, the Heat acquired a controlling stake in team Misfits.

Once an afterthought, eSports has grown considerably in recent years and now it should be considered a competitor to traditional sports. League of Legends, in particular, is quite popular, reaching nearly 15 million concurrent viewers at its peak in the most recent League of Legends World Championship. That championship featured a prize purse of $6.7 million with $2 million of it being split among winner SK Telecom T1’s members.

Orioles re-sign Michael Bourn to a minor league deal

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 04:  Michael Bourn #1 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a single in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during the American League Wild Card game at Rogers Centre on October 4, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The Orioles have re-signed outfielder Michael Bourn to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league camp, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports.

Bourn, 34, joined the Orioles last year in a trade from the Diamondbacks on August 31. Though he compiled a meager .669 OPS with the Diamondbacks, Bourn hit a solid .283/.358/.435 in 55 plate appearances with the O’s through the end of the season.

Bourn, a non-roster invitee to camp, will try to play his way onto the Orioles’ 25-man roster. If he does make the roster, Bourn will receive a $2 million salary, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports points out.