Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Sunday's ceremony at Yankee Stadium in honor of Derek Jeter was a lot of things. Fitting, well done and memorable. It was what most of us expected it to be. It didn't, however, bring up memories of Mozarts "Requiem in D Minor." But, perhaps I am wrong because Craig Calcaterra doesn't seem to agree with me. If you hear him tell it, the ceremony was nothing short of us burying our captain. According to his piece "The visuals made it seem like a funeral." 

Listen, Calcaterra, I like you man! You're a pretty darn good writer. But a funeral? C'mon!

Okay, maybe the wreath was a little weird. I will give you that much, Calcaterra. But to the Yankees credit, I expect a much bigger wreath gracing his casket in the future. Something super gaudy, and tasteless. You have to be able to smell the lilies from down the block. It should spell out "Jeter" in white, and Yankee blue. Anything less would be completely unacceptable.

Okay, maybe I can see the similarities with Don Corleone's funeral and the guest in attendance.

They looked like a mean bunch.

Hey, Calcaterra! You don't go against the family!

I get it. Jeter doesn't really like the fanfare. He's never really been one to revel in it. But the truth is, he definitely deserves it. Jeter will never outright request that his departure be spectacular. But it SHOULD be spectacular. There should be a parade through the Canyon of Heroes on Principle alone!  Complete with confetti, and a marching band.

Fine! Some of it was over the top. But this is New York! So yes, our motto is "go big or you go home!" It's what sets us apart. New Yorkers don't have the time or energy to waste with anything less then full force. The fans are relentless. We expect greatness every single time. So a ceremony for our Captain? You're damn right it's going to be over the top! You don't have to like it, or understand it. That's cool! It's a New York thing, and we aren't exactly everyone cup of tea. Not everyone can keep up with us, so kindly move out of the way.

--Erica Morales BYB Senior Writer 
Twitter: @e_morales1804


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