So, by way of Forbes via BTF's Newsstand, I read something about an ESPN New York tournament pitting New York sports figures against one another for the title of Most Beloved ... at this point, it's down to Mariano Rivera vs ... Jeremy Lin, who reached the final by beating out ... Derek Jeter.
Which seems a little silly. Okay, it seems a lot silly. But we already knew that people don't actually think much before pulling that lever in the voting booth. Anyway, here is Forbes' Chris Smith:
This is where a statistical comparison would normally be included, but it feels silly comparing the two athletes. One is a promising young point guard who has 12 wins as a starter. The other is one of the all-time greatest Yankees and possibly the best shortstop to ever play the game of baseball. Jeter owns five World Series rings, five Gold Gloves and is a 12-time All-Star. To say that he’s an accomplished athlete is akin to saying that Babe Ruth had a few home runs in his day.
Okay, it's now 13 wins for Jeremy Lin; Wednesday night the Knicks beat the 76ers. But I digress.
possibly the best shortstop to ever play the game of baseball
Anything is possible. Mario Mendoza was possibly the best shortstop to ever play the game of baseball in the 1970s. But I wouldn't bet on it. Usually we're more interested in what's probable.
So was Derek Jeter probably the best shortstop to ever play the game of the base-ball?