This is rich. After 20 years of deifying Derek Jeter, Mike Lupica now decides it’s time to to rip him. And today he rips him good. Why? Because Jeter is daring (in Lupica’s mind anyway) to invade his turf. Seriously: he says Jeter’s got some nerve to try to put out a publication for athletes:
Derek Jeter prided himself, for 20 years, on saying as little as possible. Suddenly, though, you can’t shut the guy up. Here was Jeter even taking questions on Twitter Wednesday, even revealing in one thrilling exchange that he was afraid of cats . . . We always knew the guy had nerve when it came to big moments in baseball. Now it turns out that he just has nerve, period.
You think a joke is coming. But one isn’t. Lupica is legitimately annoyed that Jeter is daring to move into media and maybe share something of himself after not giving Lupica and his buddies good copy during his career. He then offers up some words about Jeter “becoming something you hate,” meaning a reporter. Which gets right to the nut of this. Lupica infers, probably correctly, that Jeter doesn’t think too much of the press. And that drives him nuts.
Never have I seen a guy who convinced of his importance and significance and so sputteringly angry at . . . whatever it is he’s angry about here.