Is boring in again in sports? Growing up I remember charismatic athletes like Ali, Namath and Reggie Jackson to name just a few. Now after watching a boring in game interview with Mike Trout where he says all the cliches you would expect about the honor of playing with Jeter, who has never said anything controversial because he has "class"; in other words he is boring. I remember how we used to make fun of earlier generations of athletes for saying things like "Well, you know, I just want to help the club win you know and I do my best to help my team." I thought that with the arrival of Ali and the like those days were over. Have we gone the full 360?
Two other things I wanted get off my chest. I remember that both Bench and Yastrzemski announced their retirements the same season and that they were honored accordingly during their final All Star Game. However, it was nothing compared to Jeter. No one come out of the dugout to get them, no special songs over the loudspeaker, the pitchers didn't drop their gloves to applaud them at the plate.
Finally, when Jeter dove for the ball hit by McCutchen but failed to throw him out, many shortstops would have made the play standing up.