Can you even imagine what would happen if Derek Jeter was caught using steroids? I don't think for a second that he actually used anything during his career, but just the thought of it scares me. Derek is the Yankees Captain, and he is considered one of the great players of this generation. He stands for everything that is right in the game.
People are looking at Derek now as "the example" to follow. Jeter is said to be one of the last honest people in the game, and if that is broken..the game will be devastated. Many people dislike A-rod, so it's not the same...
If Jeter is on that list of 104 players. I plan on closing up shop. Hahaha
But give A-Rod this much credit: His fall from grace has legitimized Jeter's decline. We can take comfort in the fact that the captain is aging before our eyes; it assures us that he's clean.
Jeter's home runs are down, his slugging percentage is shriveling, he's hardly steals bases anymore. And that's how it should be for a soon-to-be 35-year-old. Though it may create a public-relations nightmare for the Yankees in 2010 when Jeter's contract expires, his lowered profile has turned him into the anti-Alex Rodriguez.
But no one ever waged a whispering campaign against Jeter, who, with a laugh once said, "Just look at me" when the conversation at his locker turned to steroids.
He's just a notch above skin and bones, not much in the way of muscle. Nor has Jeter ever experienced an unnatural spike in his numbers; he peaked in 1999 at the age of 25 and hasn't been quite the same since.