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The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter | [Ian O'Connor]

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, 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.
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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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    Toni HOLLY HILL, FL, United States 05-12-14
    Toni HOLLY HILL, FL, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Story is really good, narration was horrible"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Pollifrone’s performances?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    REBECCA SILVER LAKE, IN, United States 06-04-14
    REBECCA SILVER LAKE, IN, United States 06-04-14 Member Since 2013

    Loves baseball, art and Audible!!

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    "Truly, The Captain..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Captain to be better than the print version?

    I own both, but am not much of a reader so I chose to listen to the audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, The Captain, Derek Jeter!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved how the book set the scene of the day he was drafted by the NY Yankees. I felt so much emotion, it made me cry.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. I had a number of reactions throughout this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the fact that I finally now know what caused the fall out between The Captain and A-Fraud.

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    Butter Behind You 05-09-14
    Butter Behind You 05-09-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great book, terrible narrator."
    What did you love best about The Captain?

    I loved reading about the clubhouse dynamics. It's a great insight for someone who hasnt been too deep in sports.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


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    "Sheds light on of one the yankees finest"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Captain to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the hardcopy so couldn't comment.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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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