• Nothing Pasta Image Protecting Jeter

    Posted by on March 15th, 2011 · Comments (15)

    Derek Jeter is one smart dude.

    Comments on Nothing Pasta Image Protecting Jeter

    1. MJ Recanati
      March 15th, 2011 | 11:44 am

      Smart, perhaps. But somewhat paranoid and isolated too. I understand why he made the request of his dinner guests and I can’t criticize him for wanting to protect his privacy. But he doesn’t do much to change his image as a cold and distant individual, just like DiMaggio.

    2. March 15th, 2011 | 2:39 pm

      @ MJ Recanati: I’ll take cold and distant over fraud and phony any day. ;-)

    3. MJ Recanati
      March 15th, 2011 | 3:39 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      I’ll take cold and distant over fraud and phony any day.

      Fraud and phony are an extension of the same thing. If Rodriguez is a fraud because he tells us what he thinks we want to hear then Jeter’s overprotective coddling of his privacy is merely protecting us from things he doesn’t want us to know which, in effect, is an extension of phoniness. He wants to be perceived one way while he might be a different way behind closed doors.

      Doesn’t make one better than the other.

    4. Raf
      March 15th, 2011 | 4:33 pm

      I do have to give Jeter credit that he has been able to keep at it for so long. Very difficult to do in this town… Or it could be that no one really cares about what he has to say given that he’s a “robot.”

      Of course, they said the same thing about Steve Garvey, and look how that turned out :D

    5. MJ Recanati
      March 16th, 2011 | 7:57 am

      Raf wrote:

      I do have to give Jeter credit that he has been able to keep at it for so long. Very difficult to do in this town…

      No doubt about it. It’s incredible how well Jeter has been able to maintain his image. Perhaps that does suggest that there’s nothing going on beind the curtain which, in turn, begs the question of what he’s so busy protecting if there’s nothing to protect.

    6. Garcia
      March 16th, 2011 | 8:53 am

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Raf wrote:
      I do have to give Jeter credit that he has been able to keep at it for so long. Very difficult to do in this town…
      No doubt about it. It’s incredible how well Jeter has been able to maintain his image. Perhaps that does suggest that there’s nothing going on beind the curtain which, in turn, begs the question of what he’s so busy protecting if there’s nothing to protect.

      So you get all emotional whenever Steve posts something critical about ARod’s PDA (being fed popcorn during the super bowl), kissing mirrors, et al, but when Jeter chooses to keep his private life private, e.g. confiscating cell phones and cameras for private events he is hosting, then you automatically suspect he’s being a hypocrite for not letting you in on what’s going on at his private events. Aren’t you contradicting yourself? You think it’s beyond the pale when the media reports on every little thing ARod does, but you hate that Jeter knows how to keep himself out (for the most part) of the tabloids.

      Just because you are a public figure doesn’t mean you have to live that way, where you constantly have to put every moment of your life out there for the world to criticize/comment. There’s a buffer and it is upon said public person to maintain that buffer. Paul Newman did a good job of maintaining that buffer, however, someone like Lindsey Lohan doesn’t. Jeter is a lot like Paul Newman, A-Rod is not exactly like Lindsey Lohan but he’s closer to her antics than Newman. And Jeter is not anywhere near as bad as Joe D., so let’s not get that twisted. Please.

      A-Rod has been a billion times better since his last major faux pas, kissing mirrors. But let’s not get this confused, Jeter is incredibly savvy and knows exactly how to handle himself with the incredibly intrusive NY media. Your beef with Jeter is that it took ARod till he was exposed/outed as a PED user to finally learn. Basically, he had to be humiliated and exposed as a liar. Jeter doesn’t have to go through those lessons to know how to act.

    7. MJ Recanati
      March 16th, 2011 | 9:43 am

      @ Garcia:
      Re-read my three comments in this post and you’ll see that I called Jeter “smart”, I said I “can’t criticize him” for wanting to protect his privacy and that “it’s incredible” how wel Jeter has been able to maintain his image. I didn’t mock Jeter, criticize him or call him a hypocrite. Not one time.

      If you read the last line of my second comment, I said that what Rodriguez does and what Jeter does — both going to great lengths to portray a certain image — is two sides of the same coin. They approach things differently but it’s ultimately the same desire to control the image they project. One could certainly say that Jeter is better at it than Rodriguez is but that wouldn’t mean that Jeter and Rodriguez aren’t engaging in very similar behavior.

      I made no value judgments on Jeter’s behavior, I didn’t say he’s a horrible person. I think his actions are perfectly in line with his personality as one that likes to be in control of a situation. Doesn’t mean I’d live my life that way and doesn’t mean I think it makes him “better” than Rodriguez. While I find asking dinner guests to hand over their cellphones to be a borderline paranoid request, the fact remains that his guests were willing to comply so it hardly matters to me, as long as his friends are OK with Jeter’s request.

    8. Raf
      March 16th, 2011 | 9:59 am

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      No doubt about it. It’s incredible how well Jeter has been able to maintain his image. Perhaps that does suggest that there’s nothing going on beind the curtain which, in turn, begs the question of what he’s so busy protecting if there’s nothing to protect.

      It seems to be pretty consistent behavior, and is in line with protecting his image. For all we know, Jeter may be having drunken orgies at St Jetersburg, or he may be having tea parties. He may not have anything to hide, but is taking precautionary measures anyway, just in case.

      I have nothing to hide, but I still wouldn’t feel comfortable with people running through my underwear draw :D

      @ Garcia:
      From a media standpoint, Rodriguez is a better story, and has been since his days as a Mariner. Things really took off after $252/10.

      I can’t think of the last time the media (NY or otherwise) was so obsessed with the antics of a player.

    9. March 16th, 2011 | 11:38 am

      Jeter really is Teflon. That article talks about how he had the Yankees PR guy and a security guard confront a reporter because the journalist’s tape recorder might have caught the captain joking around. Just imagine the media reaction if A-Rod been the person in that scenario. Yet Mnookin writes about that and other control freak reports about Jeter is such an admiring way.

      And Steve, what’s more “fraud and phony” then, oh I don’t know, having Jeter’s dates enter and exit by separate entrances than him? Just saying.

    10. YankCrank
      March 16th, 2011 | 11:43 am

      Just for the record, the whole “collecting cell phones” idea seems to be a very common act by celebrities trying to control their images. I have many friends who have been out in Tribeca and have been asked to hand over their phones and cameras every time a Jay-z or Beyonce walk in to party. Whether it’s smart or not, I don’t blame them.

    11. MJ Recanati
      March 16th, 2011 | 12:05 pm

      YankCrank wrote:

      I have many friends who have been out in Tribeca and have been asked to hand over their phones and cameras every time a Jay-z or Beyonce walk in to party.

      Wow, people that aren’t even in Jay-Z/Beyonce’s company still have to turn over their personal property in a semi-public space when they walk through? That’s insane.

      I can understand Jeter’s friends handing over their cellphones at his dinner parties (although isn’t it a tad strange to ask this of your friends? If they’re really your friends, wouldn’t they be trustworthy?) but I think it’s nuts that Jay-Z/Beyonce would ask complete strangers in other parts of a semi-public space to hand over personal property.

      If that happened to be, honestly, I’d tell Jay-Z and his horse-footed wife to fuck off. If that meant I had to leave the club, so be it. Celebrities don’t get to take my property from me just because they said so.

    12. 77yankees
      March 16th, 2011 | 7:29 pm

      Why is it an issue what irrelevant things Jeter or A-Rod do or the way they act outside the lines?

      It’s not like they’re hosting dog fights, getting behind the wheel under the influence, or hitting their girlfriends. Who really cares?

    13. Raf
      March 16th, 2011 | 8:13 pm

      77yankees wrote:

      Who really cares?

      Enough people that we have to put up with reports like these.

    14. BOHAN
      March 17th, 2011 | 12:19 am

      I don’t get what’s so wrong with someone trying to protect their image… dude just doesn’t want someone taking an innocent situation and blowing it out proportion (i.e Arod gettin fed popcorn) whats so wrong with that???? and if Arod had had his dates go through different entrances he wouldn’t have gotten caught with a stripper in toronto

    15. MJ Recanati
      March 17th, 2011 | 8:12 am

      @ BOHAN:
      I don’t think anyone’s criticizing Jeter for protecting his image.

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