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 15 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.
©2011 Ian O'Connor (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Probably not, I would tell them to wait for the authorized Derek Jeter Biography where a narrator with a clue about baseball, and its players is available to read. It really took so much away from the story to listen to so many mis-pronounced (well known in the baseball world) names.
I guess so, it is not his fault the story was not produced better. Someone should have realized that there were so many mis-pronounced names and had it corrected.
I loved reading about the clubhouse dynamics. It's a great insight for someone who hasnt been too deep in sports.
The narrator of the book clearly has no knowledge of baseball or the athletes. The worst part of the narration was the constant mispronouncing of the athlete's names and mispronouncing basic baseball terms. The producer of the audio book should also be responsible for this terrible narration. I hope it gets re-released with a narrator who can properly pronounce the prominent and well known baseball names that are mentioned in this book.
I think Ian did a great job with this book, but the narrator clearly didn't do any homework or look up how to pronounce the names of important teammates like CC Sabathia or towns like Old Tappan, NJ. As a fan it was incredibly frustrating and if I were O'Connor, I'd be straight pissed. It really takes away from a great book. I found myself correcting the narrator out loud every few minutes.
This story stops after the 2011 season. That's OK. He wrote it when he wrote it. The story is pretty good and gives good insights into Derek Jeter as a person and as a baseball player. The tough part for any baseball fan will be listening to this narrator. It is evident he knows nothing about baseball and has never followed the sport at all. He mispronounces more player names than he pronounces correctly. He reads game scores as 2 and nothing instead of 2 to zero. Really? Has he ever even watched a game? Does he think he is reading a tennis set? He should apologize to Bill Freehan, Robin Yount, Mariano Rivera, Albert Pujols, CC Sabathia, Mark Texeira, and a host of others for butchering their names. You would think a narrator would research names if he has never followed the sport. This made it difficult for a baseball fan to listen to this book, even though the content was fine. If 0 stars had been available for the narration, I would have given it that score. This is a book I wish I had read instead of listening to.
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I imagine all baseball fans would enjoy to listen to this book. Even if you "hate" the Yankees, it's hard to dislike Jeter the man. I didn't notice any issues with the narration as others have mentioned. It was a very easy listen, just as sports biographies should be.
Yes, this book was really interesting and provided great insight on the story of Derek Jeter.
The book itself was great. The narrator was sub-par, there were a lot of mispronounced names that any baseball fan would know.
It's very clear that this narrator knows nothing about baseball. You can't get through a chapter without mispronunciations of basic baseball words and terms (let alone words of the English language). It really ruined what was a great story. If zero stars were an option for narration I would've given it.
Yes, but I'd preface it by saying the narrator knows nothing about baseball.
The story captures the essence of what makes Jeter a special player.
It made me cringe.
The book is well written and interesting. Clearly, however, neither the narrator nor anyone else involved in the production of this audio book know anything at all about baseball. He absolutely butchers the names of some very, very well known players. Robin Yount, Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, and many, many others have their names terribly mis-pronounced. He also doesn't know basic baseball lingo, such as referring to W-L record as, for example, "20 to 10" rather then "20 and 10". There are too many examples to list. Anyone that knows the sport will cringe to hear how this narrator mangles common baseball terms again and again.
"Sheds light on of one the yankees finest"
Have not read the hardcopy so couldn't comment.
One thing I've found good is how humbling Derek jeter appears to be in the book. It sounds like he has always grown up loving the game and still plays for the love of the game. It also shows that if you want something you can go and get it if you want it enough. It has made me look at Derek in a new light and respect him both as an athlete and a person
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