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'Jeteration': A little too much love for Derek Jeter?

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: June 2, 2014 - 12:50 PM

So Derek Jeter comes to bat Friday night against the Twins and FSNorth pays the 40-year-old shortstop fawning tribute with this graphic:

That screen shot made its way around Twitter, fueled by Jesse Lund of TwinkieTown, along others,

It caught the attention of the wonderful writer Joe Posnanski, who put up a post called "Greatest Thing Ever" on his web site before the end of the night.

It may well be one of the best smackdown to hyperbole ever. Ever. Posnanski explains what he calls "Jeteration" -- and it's an exercise that can be applied to descriptions of greatness about others who are among the elite at what they've done in their careers.

The money paragraph: Perfection in Jeteration is when you can so perfectly present over-the-top praise for the Derek Jeter that you would use the exact same graphic or story or take as satire. This is not as easy as it sounds. Many have tried, many have failed. But this is as close to perfection as we mere human beings can achieve. If Saturday Night Live was to do a skit about how absurd people are when it comes to their Derek Jeter love, this would be EXACTLY the graphic they would use, word-for-word.

This is not about the tendency to call two scoreless innings of middle relief a great outing or turning a nice running catch into a great one.

Posnanski explains: "So any fair mocking of the Jeteration Phenomenon — where people long to give Jeter Nobel Prizes for things like running out ground balls — must begin with his excellence in mind or the joke loses its power. If you say: Ah, Jeter’s not that good a player, it doesn’t work. (He) has been a superb player. If you say: Ah, Jeter’s not a leader, the joke loses its force. He IS a leader. He’s just not the world’s 11th greatest leader. THAT’s where the joke gains its strength — that space between, 'Yeah, Jeter does a good job leading his baseball teammates,” and “As a leader he ranks just behind the Dalai Lama and a little bit ahead of Gabby Giffords.' :"

And there's more. Posnanski goes on to present his version of a graphic about Jeter in 2014, the 40-year-old shortstop in his farewell year with the Yankees who isn't the player that he used to be.

And there's much more than that, but we're not going any deeper because it would be unfair to give away more of what may well be the 11th best blog post ever written. And we're not really sure about finding the  10 that are better.

This is truly fine stuff for when you have five minutes.

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