The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter

The Captain The Journey of Derek Jeter Every spring Little Leaguers across the country mimic his stance and squabble over the right to wear his number the next number to be retired by the world s most famous ball team Derek Jeter is t

  • Title: The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter
  • Author: Ian O'Connor
  • ISBN: 9780547327938
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Every spring, Little Leaguers across the country mimic his stance and squabble over the right to wear his number, 2, the next number to be retired by the world s most famous ball team Derek Jeter is their hero He walks in the footsteps of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, and someday his shadow will loom just as large Yet he has never been the best player in baseball.Every spring, Little Leaguers across the country mimic his stance and squabble over the right to wear his number, 2, the next number to be retired by the world s most famous ball team Derek Jeter is their hero He walks in the footsteps of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, and someday his shadow will loom just as large Yet he has never been the best player in baseball In fact, he hasn t always been the best player on his team But his intangible grace and Jordanesque ability to play big in the biggest of postseason moments make him the face of the modern Yankee dynasty, and of America s game.In The Captain, best selling author Ian O Connor draws on extensive reporting and unique access to Jeter that has spanned some fifteen years to reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New York s most beloved sports figure and the enduring symbol of the steroid free athlete O Connor takes us behind the scenes of a legendary baseball life and career, from Jeter s early struggles in the minor leagues, when homesickness and errors in the field threatened a stillborn career, to his heady days as a Yankee superstar and prince of the city who squired some of the world s most beautiful women, to his tense battles with former best friend A Rod We also witness Jeter struggling to come to terms with his declining skills and the declining favor of the only organization he ever wanted to play for, leading to a contentious contract negotiation with the Yankees that left people wondering if Jeter might end his career in a uniform without pinstripes.Derek Jeter s march toward the Hall of Fame has been dignified and certain, but behind that leadership and hero s grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that have never been explored, until now As Jeter closes in on 3,000 hits, a number no Yankee has ever touched, The Captain offers an incisive, exhilarating, and revealing new look at one of the game s greatest players in the gloaming of his career.

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    1. I really enjoyed this book. Derek Jeter is one of my favorite players yet I knew next to nothing about him. He is extremely private. This book talks about his childhood, his high school years and his decision not to go to Michigan along with his minor league career and him becoming a Yankee. It takes you through his dealings with A-Rod and his appreciation of Joe Torre as his manager. The only thing I didn't enjoy about the book was towards the last third of the book it starts to drag as the aut [...]

    2. Enjoyed this book a lot. I am a big fan of the Yankees, especially of Derek Jeter, so I enjoyed this book a lot.

    3. Well, I seem to be at odds with some of the other reviews of this book that I am now reviewing.I found the book interesting in placeso few places. I found the reading to be too much devoted to ancillary characters. I bought this book to read about Derek Jeter, not some kid in the cheap seats who happened to stick his glove where it didn't belong. Maybe the kid is happy now that he got his 15 minutes of fame, but.I don't care. Perhaps the author was told by some self anointed writing expert or pu [...]

    4. A good book, bot one ultimately limited by its methods (Jeter hasn't agreed to be interviewed for any biographies) and its timing, being finished in 2011 so not capturing Jeter's 3000th hit. Also way too much of the A-Rod soap opera for my taste, no matter how important that was to Jeter's Yankees. Definitely the best book written on Jeter to date, but I think the definitive book on Jeter and what makes him the most determined winner in sports in my lifetime (in league with Brett Favre or Michae [...]

    5. A solid, point-to-point bio of retired Yankee Derek Jeter. Jeter, known for his single-minded approach to winning and his supernatural talent for avoiding controversy, is not revealed in any earth shattering way here; you're given some detail about his life and his baseball career.Because Jeter never let anyone in to really get his full story, this book, as well as any other about him, is doomed to a certain superficiality.

    6. Great Job, Ian.The book is well written, detailed, and researched.Knowing Derek throughout his career, I had no idea the million thingsthat had to happen for him to get drafted by the Yankees.Hal Newhouser, an advanced scout for the Astro's watched Jeter day after Day and pleaded with them to draft him.They did not.The book is a long read but worth it and contains a ton of things about Derek I doubt anyone knows

    7. This biography was a fantastic read. I already held Derek Jeter in pretty high esteem, but this book increased my opinion of Jeter exponentially. An amazing baseball player, and an even better human being.

    8. The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter is a great book for baseball lovers. This book is a biography about Derek Jeter. Almost everyone has heard of Derek Jeter before. In this book, it talks about Derek Jeter's life. Since this is a biography, it doesn't have a plot like a normal book, but it includes secrets of his life you may not know. Some of the points that stuck out to me was Derek Jeter was born on June 26 1974 and was born in Pequannock, New Jersey, but soon moved to Kalamazoo Michigan [...]

    9. This was definitely an interesting read, even for someone like me who is not a die-hard fan of baseball stats. Having grown up watching the Yankees, my favorite part of this book was reading about some of the other players who were instrumental to Jeter's career. Some were with him from the minor leagues in Greensboro while others floated in and out of the Yankee clubhouse. I think it was a great addition to the story. WhileThe Captainkept me hooked until the end, it did grow heavy at times as O [...]

    10. The book "The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter" is a phenomenial true story of a kid that made a dream come true. Derek grew up in New Jersey and Michigan. He was a New York Yankee fan as a young kid. He used to go to some of the games with his grandmother. He then proceeded to play high school baseball at Kalamazoo Central High School. He made the Varsity level team as a freshmen. Jeter began to really flourish during his senior year of high school. He won several honors like Gatorade High s [...]

    11. The Captain, a sports book by Ian O'Connor is now one of my favorite books. The content talking about Derek Jeter and how he grew up is unbelievable. This is even more amazing since he was not even the one that wrote the book. This book is about Derek life and how he grew up. It talks about way more than what he did on the baseball field but it also talked about his time with family and friends. The book was missing major moments in Jeter's career with the book ending just before Jeter's 3000th [...]

    12. Very good book if you are interested in baseaball or if you are looking for a role model. This book goes over the whole career of Derek Jeter, which is very interesting. I knew a lot about derek jeter but this book taught me even more. The only problem with the book is that it tends to drag little things out and make it boring. I beleive anyone interested in sports would appreciate this book and Derek Jeter's career, being very humble and a future Hall of Famer. I would recommended this book. yo [...]

    13. Maybe. If you are a Jeter fan. I found the writing to be tedious and since I listened on audible went on and on and on and on.Jeter rounded 3rd. Jeter caught the ball and threw to first base. Jeter hit the ball. Jeter this and Jeter that. Jeter's had an amazing career. Not a fan, just love baseball biographies. The writing on this one just didn't make the big leagues for me.

    14. Great book. Really enjoyed reading about Jeter's youth and love of baseball growing up. Got a bit bogged down when they described so many Yankee games.

    15. Every spring Little Leaguers across the country mimic his stance waggling the bat handle above the right ear and squabble over the right to wear his number 2 the next number to be retired by the world s most famous ball team

    16. I have not ever been interested in reading baseball books ever in my life although I do enjoy watching the game, but after reading The Captian I look forward to reading more. This book is about the greatest shortstop to ever play the game, it had me on the edge of my seat the entire book. Ian O’Connor’s story about Derek Jeter was suspenseful and action filled as it went through his life. The book, The Captain, names him a “baseball saint”, if there were such a thing.This nonfiction biog [...]

    17. The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter by Ian O’Connor5 of 5 stars by Aden SachsRead June 7, to May 10, 2014I have read a lot of baseball books this year and in my lifetime, this by far has tipped the scale. This book about the greatest shortstop to ever play the game, had me on the edge of my seat, making me feel like I was watching game 7 of the World Series. Ian O’Connor’s story about Derek Jeter was suspenseful and action filled as it went through his life. The book named him a “bas [...]

    18. Book InformationTitle of Book: THE CAPTAIN: The Journey of Derek JeterAuthor: Ian O’Connor Publishing Information: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Price: $26.00 US THE CAPTAIN: Journey of Derek Jeter Ian O’Connor, the author of this fantastic book, The Captain, is quite an accomplished writer. He currently works for ESPNNewYork as a sports columnist, and has quite the resume. Some past jobs he used to work for are Foxsports, The New York Daily News, USA Today, The Journal News, and the Bergen Reco [...]

    19. O Derek! My Derek!A book for Jeter and/or Yankees lovers, both of which I am, avowedly. It covers the time period in the '90s when the Yankees stormed and reclaimed the throne, and Derek Jeter started his ascension, as the two coincided naturally (but really, as the book hypothesizes, it was all DJ), up through the 2010 season. But I was also hoping to find an answer to "what is his kryptonite?" through this book because HOW can he be so perfect? And really didn't get an answer. Beyond "luck." H [...]

    20. This advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided to me by the publisher through the Vine program, of which I am a member.~I'm a Yankee fan, and Derek Jeter is my favorite player. So maybe I was predisposed to like this book. On the other hand, if author Ian O'Connor didn't get his facts straight, I'd know, and call him on it. But O'Connor did an excellent job of research, and adding in quotes and stats and examples without ever getting wordy or boring or redundant. He gives us a peek behind the cur [...]

    21. In The Captain, by Ian O’Connor, the author tells the tale of Derek Jeter growing up and dealing with super-stardom. Growing up as a kid, Derek received racial comments for having an African-American father and a white mother. Derek had a motivation like no one else. He would be so determined and would remain so until he achieved his goal. "If you're going to play at all, you're out to win. Baseball, board games, playing Jeopardy, I hate to lose." When he was with his friends as a teenager, h [...]

    22. The Captain. The Shove Pass. Mister November. These are some of the many things that Derek Sanderson Jeter is known for in Major League Baseball. Derek started in humble beginnings born as a biracial child in Michigan. Early in his life, he knew that he loved baseball playing the sport continuously despite the weather and the cold crisp air. His natural talent was unremarkable and many scouts came to see him often. In his senior year, he was being recruited to attend the university of Michigan b [...]

    23. PLOT: The Yankees shortstop is a dignified shortstop and a respectful clutch hitter! He is a leader by example on his team and did not even take steroids during the steroid era. Jeter is an amazing player maybe a hall of famer one day when he retires. He is so clutch when it comes to hitting and has so many hits, world series rings etcPARE/CONTRAST: Derek Jeter is a leader unlike some baseball players and leads by example. Jeter is respectful and super clutch in tough situations and some aren't. [...]

    24. I really enjoyed the book The Captain by Ian O'Connor. Derek Jeter has always been one of my favorite player of all time and by reading this book I have learned so much more about him. The book talks about his childhood, high school years and most importantly his minor league and major league careers.This book was very interesting because it told the story of Derek's life in the majors and his life leading up to the major leagues. I also like the book because it talked about Jeter's dealings wit [...]

    25. When I first picked up The Captain: the Journey of Derek Jeter, I knew this would be one of the best books I’ve ever read. Sure enough, it was. I have grown up watching and admiring Derek Jeter, and how he plays the game of baseball. I knew that reading this book would make me respect him and understand his impact on the game of baseball even more. The book describes Derek’s life from when he was a young kid all the way up until his life now. It talks about all his achievements and even the [...]

    26. Derek Jeter is the greatest Yankee of my lifetime. Some may dispute that, but they're wrong. Jeter has risen to greatness, year after year, and has reshaped his game to remain productive far longer than most do. He's a champion, many times over, and I hate him. I hate the Yankees. I wish they would lose 162 games a year, and I'd never tire of that.The beginning of this book paints Jeter as a demigod, and gushes far beyond what's appropriate for a man who isn't family or lover to gush about someo [...]

    27. The book i read was The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter, This was written about Derek's life style and all the work he put into his career. The author's purpose of writing this book was to show kids how dedicated and how much of a hard worker Jeter was. The author also showed Derek's love and passion for the game. No one loved the game more than Derek Jeter.The theme of this book is you don't have to be the best to be one of the greatest players ever. Derek Jeter wasn't always the best playe [...]

    28. Derek jeter is an all star for the new York Yankees and this book is going to tell about when he started and when he became the caption of the Yankees.How Derek jeter changing is he went from begin the one guy with no friends to be a professional athlete that has all the fame and is friends with every body and he has friends on his baseball team.(The theme ) What the theme of the book is to if you have a dream go get it because Derek wanted to be a professional athlete and he sighed a contract t [...]

    29. This book is a great look into the ups and downs and struggles and triumphs of one of the greatest athletes to ever grace a baseball field. Ian O'Connor uses quotes and testimonials from every point of view that surrounded Jeter, form little league teammate to professional manager.Derek grew up in a modest household in Kalamazoo Michigan. Only one twist to this picture perfect childhood. His dad was black and his mom was white. Derek often got picked on and ridiculed for being from a mixed raced [...]

    30. High-quaity biography of the iconic Yankee shortstop, who seems to live quite a charmed lifed based on this account, probably does. The first part of the book is a slow read, mainly because there is little to no conflict in Jeter's life. Even the thorny issue of bing biracial is a virtual non-factor, as Jeter grows up well adjusted, focused, and determined to be a Yankee who dates Mariah Carey. Things pick up a bit when the Yanks start to struggle, as Jeter begins to age, and especially when the [...]

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