“Fila-boy” Makes Good


jeter_draft.jpgSometimes when I get really worked up, you probably forget that I am not just a simple, hateful man. There are many things I appreciate. This is not true about Notre Dame since there is absolutely nothing redeeming about that school and I consider Rudy to be nothing more than Catholic propaganda. But, despite a dogmatic insistence on my hatred of the Yankees, let us consider them for a second.

Growing up in a small town outside of Kalamazoo, MI, I admired Derek Jeter. This wasn’t true of my whole family. My brothers routinely referred to him as “Fila-boy” because for some reason he had an endorsement deal with that shoe company and always wore them. I think their dislike of him has something to do with the leftover animosity those of us who come from German descent have for the Italians totally screwing the pooch in WWII. Seriously guys, you couldn’t even hold on to North Africa? But, even though he was the golden boy and could seem to do no wrong and even though my brothers hated him, I always had a special place in my heart for Jeter.

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me but he always seemed to hustle a little more than the other guys, to work a little harder to prove that he belonged there. Even though he was a Yankee, he didn’t have that same air of entitlement that guys like A-Rod seemed to possess. And maybe that’s just me projecting but when you’re coming from the same area in the middle of nowhere in Michigan, it’s nice to see someone who made it out.

So, I still stand by my guns and there is no way I will ever cheer for the Yankees (unless one of those guns happens to be pressed up against the side of my head). But Derek Jeter? The guy’s a class act. Kalamazoo Central class of 1992, in fact. See, I’m not all bad.

-A

12 Comments

Alan,
We are trying to do our part to not be the team that gives up that record hit.
So far in this series “Fila-boy” is 0-14 against Rays pitching.
But seriously, the guy will get the record, and Kalamazoo, Michigan can be proud of its extended family son.
In reality, he is one of the guy on that pinstripe team I could root for, but do not for logical AL East reasons.
Role model, dating models, even plastic baseball models of him hitting can make some one wish they were him for a day.
And if he marries Mika……………maybe more than a week.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Alan, The Kid from Kalamazoo has done purty darn well for himself. And it’s probably those core values he got in Central Michigan that have him in a funk right now as he approaches such a remarkable accomplishment… I mean, eclipsing an absolute Legend. He’s probably shocked he’s doing it.. ; )

Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

Yeah Jeter! Love him….he was born not far from me in NJ. So, to have survived that AND Kalamazoo…nice job man.

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Allen we all appreciate the great things,

no one can ever hate Jeter:

for it is a Cardinal Sin.//

I myself am a Yankee hater:

but will never be a Derek hater.

Jeff get em back buddy.

New post up. :)

Indians suck!!

–Ted “TTW/T” –

http://tribewithted.mlblogs.com/

It is good to see someone come out of ‘nowhere’ Michigan and make good. I, for one, move from ‘nowhere’ up north to ‘BFE’, Michigan where it is a lot colder and no Miejer stores. I wonder Jeter went to the K-Wings games as a kid-maybe we even played together. ????
Mike
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

Hilarious, but I dont think Jeter’s Italian, is he? wiki says his mom is of Irish/Greman descent.

http://www.diamondhacks.blogspot.com/

As good as Jeter is – he will never be as great as Lou Gehrig.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

A day where D’hacks comes out of the woodwork and comments on our page is a day of celebration indeed. How ya been, Matt? That Reynolds kid sure can strike out — er, I mean, hit homeruns.
–Jeff

I’m sure Jeter can feel your love, Allen. And I bet he’s sending it back with a huge hug. Aw, now I’m crying again.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Allan – somehow don’t think you’d cheer for the Yankees even if that gun was pointed at your head! Good job to Jeter. The way he’s been playing there’s no wonder that the records are falling fast.
Ginny
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

I was not aware of his roots from nowhere, Michigan :p that actually puts things into perspective much more. Always nice when a star comes from some random town and fills some great shoes.
http://taleoftwoleagues.mlblogs.com

wow! I had never seen that card and at first I was “No, that can’t be Jetter!” But holy cow it is! What a cute picture!
.
It’s a Beautiful Day for a Ballgame,
for a ballgame, today.
The fans are out to get a ticket or two
From Walla Walla, Washington to Kalamazoo!
.
congrats Jeter!
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

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