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Jeted!

Grant, Grant, how can you be so indignant about the NY Post headline regarding the way Derek Jeter was cheated out of the MVP by a cabal of rustic sportswriters eager to take the Yankees and Our Captain down a peg? The headline was just telling the truth in the Post's inimitable manner. Justin Morneau is a nice player, and he managed to drive in more RBIs than Derek, but he plays for the Minnesota Twins!!! How significant can anything be that he, or any other Twin, does? A Twin driving in 130 RBIs is like the proverbial tree falling in the forest with no one to hear it. It might as well not have happened. Derek Jeter's achievments on the hallowed field of Yankee Stadium, the Shrine of Baseball, the Center of the Basenall Universe, are by definition more important. And how can the writers forget the magical aura that surrounds the Kid from Kalamazoo? -- far more important that BA, OBP, OPS and RBIs.Some may ask whether this is an appropriate argument for dotCommonweal, devoted as it is to topics relating to religion and Catholicism in particular. Actually, Catholics should understand what it means to be a Yankee fan -- indeed, I would say that all Catholics should be Yankee fans. The equivalencies are remarkable: St. Peter's/Yankee Stadium; 26 World Championships/2006 years; Ratzinger/Steinbrenner; Ruth/St. Mary's reform school; Berra,Rizzuto,Torre/Italian Catholics; Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio, Mattingly, Jeter/The Apostolic Succession. I could go on, but I think my point is clear. And I happen to know that every Pope since Pius XII was a HUGE Yankee fan! (Actually, I don't ,but they should have been).The Post's crack about "yokels" was a bit unkind, but it does express the bitterness that the devotees of the One True Team feel when someone who embodies Yankee-ness is so cruelly disrespected. We can only hope that someday the scales will fall from their (the yokels') eyes.

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So right, Mark. The kid even has the nerve to try to make it here while still harboring thoughts of insurrection and unorthodoxy. The White Sox drought which is akin to the curse of the Bambino, did not even get the print that the other Sox got. This recalcitrant continues to deny his Inadequacy complex which he acquired ab utero by starting in Chicago.But New York has a way of forgiving and making its visitors better. This supremely generous city has arms large enough for everyone.As I remember the Steinfels got their start in Chicago. (Is that how G got the job?) And look what we did for them!!

Mark should be writing for "Yankeeography," the television show that lets armchair Yankee fans like me bask in the team's reflected glory 24/7. Gotta go...e-Bay's auctioning an unopened 1978 Reggie bar that that I can't let a White Sox or Twins (or Red Sox!) fan buy and desecrate.

There is something just a little embarassing about being an R.C. and Mark Sargent in his humilty has caught it wonderfully well. Sir, your insight exceeds your grasp. I am in awe. My attitude, I hasten to add, has nothing to do with the fact that I am a son of Providence.