Thanks to the new Derek Jeter Gatorade commercial, we have proof that Derek Jeter has only existed on the baseball field for the last 20 years. He’s never been to Stan’s? Come on, man, he worked at the stadium for 20 years and never went to the bar across the street after a game..?!..
Jeter is a personality-less star. But to be fair, it’s not just him. Baseball has basically been full of bland, no flair, no fun, just-don’t-get-in-trouble, boring players since around 1990. I’m 99% sure that hanging out with Jeter would be the most boring experience for anyone. He exists only on the baseball field. Same goes for David Wright and same goes for almost any star of the last 25 or so years. Players were taught by their organizations to not draw attention to themselves and to just give the company line to the media, over and over again. It’s enough to actually change a man’s personality (especially the kids that signed out of high school, but that’s another post).
However, I believe this is changing. Thanks to MLB Network and their informal interviews with players on shows like MLB Now and Intentional Talk (a show I despised at first, but now love because of the interviews), players are opening up and I think the teams are encouraging them to do so. The influx of latin and asian players doesn’t hurt either, as these baseball cultures bring a refreshing flair to the game.