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Derek Jeter Is a Melodramatic Pussy (Video)

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The (second-place) New York Yankees are heading into their first game tonight since losing against the (first-place) Tampa Bay Rays. In those games, though, the the Yankees lost more than the game: They took a hit of pride, too.

Watch and learn:

Maybe the acting bug keeps biting back at Jeter long after his 15 seconds in The Other Guys expired, but this is shameless, and absurd. Did Jeter do what he needed to do to get walked onto first base? Yes. Did he admit that the ball hit the bat? Yes.

“It hit the bat,” Jeter said. “He told me to go to first. I’m not going to tell him, ‘I’m not going to go to first,’ you know? My job is to get on base.”

But did the Yankees lose the game? Yes. And would the Yankees be a better baseball team — and maybe win more games — if they didn’t think they could fall back on things like this and focus more on getting balls hit and by not acting their way onto base? Yeah. But maybe what’s so irritating about all of this is a once-distinct memory of the athlete as role-model, ever fading. I know that — if I had one — I wouldn’t want my kid to be a melodramatic pussy, is all. Or a liar. That, too.

[fkamer@villagevoice.com]

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