Every spring, Little Leaguers across the country mimic his stance and squabble over the right to wear his number, 2, the next number to be retired by the world’s most famous ball team. Derek Jeter is their hero. He walks in the footsteps of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, and someday his shadow will loom just as large. Yet he has never been the best player in baseball. In fact, he hasn’t always been the best player on his team. But his intangible grace and Jordanesque ability to play big in the biggest of postseason moments make him the face of the modern Yankee dynasty, and of America’s game. In The Captain, best-selling author Ian O’Connor draws on extensive reporting and unique access to Jeter that has spanned some fifteen years to reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New York’s most beloved sports figure and the enduring symbol of the steroid-free athlete. O’Connor takes us behind the scenes of a legendary baseball life and career, from Jeter’s early struggles in the minor leagues, when homesickness and errors in the field threatened a stillborn career, to his heady days as a Yankee superstar and prince of the city who squired some of the world’s most beautiful women, to his tense battles with former best friend A-Rod. We also witness Jeter struggling to come to terms with his declining skills and the declining favor of the only organization he ever wanted to play for, leading to a contentious contract negotiation with the Yankees that left people wondering if Jeter might end his career in a uniform without pinstripes. Derek Jeter’s march toward the Hall of Fame has been dignified and certain, but behind that leadership and hero’s grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that have never been explored, until now. As Jeter closes in on 3,000 hits, a number no Yankee has ever touched, The Captain offers an incisive, exhilarating, and revealing new look at one of the game’s greatest players in the gloaming of his career.
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The author's main reason as to why Jeter is so loved is because of Jeter's
This is an example of the author creating credibility for his work. He is explaining his research process, showing how many different and varied sources he used for his book.
The Kalamazoo Kid
Queen of Peace is the name of a Roman Catholic high school in New Jersey.
The main aspect the author is focusing on for Sonny and Tiedemann is their
Which detail demonstrates Derek feeling proud?
Kalamazoo is a city in the southwest region of Michigan. Kalamazoo's name is a familiar reference in popular music. At least a dozen songs (and many more versions) of "Kalamazoo" songs have been recorded. Below is a video of one of the songs called "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo." (This annotation contains a video)
AAU is an acronym for Amateur Athletic Union. Below is an image of Jeter on his basketball team. He's the third one from the left in the second row. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does the author include this information about Jeter's parents? Consider why it's important about making Derek Jeters unique.
The phrase "spraying balls all over creation" is an example of a/an
Hitters who rarely hit to the opposite field or "up the middle" are often described as dead pull hitters.
The main purpose of this paragraph is to
Connie Mack is the longest-serving manager in Major League Baseball history. He holds the records for wins (3,731), losses (3,948), and games managed (7,755), with his victory total being almost 1,000 more than any other manager. (This annotation contains an image)
Columbo is a reference to the title character of a detective show. Below is a video of Columbo's sly detective style. (This annotation contains a video)
This technique here is known as
This is a reference to Scottie Pippen, who played on the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan. (This annotation contains an image)
Why has the author written so many short paragraphs here?
Groch's main concern about Jeter is his
Blue chips are athletes, particularly high school players, targeted for drafting or signing by teams at the college level.
Why does the author spend time thoroughly explaining the draft process?
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Barry Larkin was one of the pivotal players on the 1990 Reds' World Series championship team. Larkin was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2012 and was inducted on July 22, 2012. (This annotation contains an image)
Rockets in this sentence is a metaphor for
This information here mainly contributes to
The author includes quotes from various people, which validates his argument more. He interviews other players, coaches, scouts, and management about Derek Jeter. If his research were more limited, the reader would not have as developed an idea of who Jeter is.
The author starts out the chapter like this to
Tampa is the minor league team for the Yankees. (This annotation contains an image)
In any narrative, whether it's fiction or nonfiction, the central figure has to face a struggle, which is known as conflict. Watch the video below, paying special attention to internal conflict. (This annotation contains a video)
How is Jeter experiencing internal conflict right now? Support your answer with textual evidence.
Don Mattingly played for the Yankees from 1982-1995. He later became one of the team's coaches from 2004-2007. (This annotation contains an image)
This lesson that Mattingly gives Jeter contributes mostly to Jeter's
A chopper refers to a batted ball that immediately strikes the hardened area of dirt directly in front of home plate. This causes the ball to jump high into the infield air. Watch the video below for an example of a chopper. (This annotation contains a video)
Jeter's biggest struggle at the moment goes with
A central claim the author continues to make about Jeter is that he is
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The author includes this information about Butterfield to
A fungo is a fly ball hit especially for practice fielding by a player who tosses a ball in the air and hits it as it comes down.
Washington later became the manager for the Texas Rangers. (This annotation contains an image)
The best synonym for aura is
Rookie of the Year
Which word best describes Steinbrenner?
Joe Torre had managed the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, and St. Louis Cardinals before becoming the Yankees' manager.
This is an allusion to how the pope is selected. Whenever a new pope is selected, the cardinals release white smoke to announce the selection. Watch the video below of the election of Pope Francis. (This annotation contains a video)
This moment in the chapter contributes mostly to
The phrase "joined at the hip" is an example of
Below is an image of a condor so that you better understand the details of "butterflies with condor wings." (This annotation contains an image)
What's your opinion of Steinbrenner as an owner? Use textual evidence to support your answer.
A cutter, or cut fastball, is a type of fastball which breaks slightly toward the pitcher's glove side as it reaches home plate. Below is an animated depiction of a cutter. (This annotation contains an image)
At this point in the chapter, the author is mainly focusing on
Darryl Strawberry has a history of substance abuse, which at times overshadowed his successful baseball career. However, in January of 2014 the Daryl Strawberry Recovery Center opened to provide athletes and individuals suffering from substance abuse with a center for excellence in addiction treatment and recovery.
The author is using this moment to focus on the team's
Below is a video with more information on Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation. (This annotation contains a video)
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"Arlington Cemetery" functions as a ___________ in this paragraph
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This moment in the text is mainly known as a
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Why do you believe the author includes such details about this moment?
Rick Cerrone is afraid that Jeffrey Maier's presence at Game 2 would be
Cecil Fielder is part of the 50 home run club when he scored 51 home runs in 1990 with the Detroit Tigers. Below is a video of his 50th home run, which was incidentally against the Yankees. (This annotation contains a video)
The idiom in the highlighted passages is
Below is an image of Steinbrenner in his famous turtleneck. (This annotation contains an image)
What is the author doing here structurally?
Below is a video of Jim Leyritz's home run. (This annotation contains a video)
Canyon of Heroes is occasionally used to refer to the section of lower Broadway in the Financial District that is the location of the city's ticker-tape parades. Below is an image of the ticker-tape parade for the Apollo 11 astronauts on August 13, 1969. (This annotation contains an image)
What world best describes the author's tone toward Steinbrenner?
Rodriguez envies Jeter's
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A synonym for malcontent is
Sadly, Irabu was found dead in his home in Los Angeles on July 27, 2011 from an apparent suicide. He was reported to have hanged himself. He left behind his wife and two children. Irabu's autopsy showed he was inebriated at the time of his death. He was reportedly despondent because his wife and children were leaving him.
A defector is a person who gives up allegiance to one state in exchange for allegiance to another, in a way which is considered illegitimate by the first state. Many players have defected from Cuba to play major league baseball.
The horses are a metaphor for
Do you believe the author's main focus is on Derek Jeter's victories playing baseball or his attitude about his success? Support your answer with textual evidence.
This is in reference to the Miami Dolphins who had a perfect record for the 1972 season at 17-0.
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This highlighted moment shows
Watch the video below about character development. Consider how the author develops the persona of Derek Jeter as the chapters progress. (This annotation contains a video)
The author includes the details about Sonny Connors because
The word seismic is mostly associated with
Steinbrenner's behavior was so familiar to people that he was featured as a character on the hit television show Seinfeld. Below is a clip from the show that features the Steinbrenner character. (This annotation contains a video)
Berra was named Yankee manager before the 1984 season. Berra agreed to stay in the job for 1985 after receiving assurances that he would not be fired, but the impatient Steinbrenner did fire Berra after the 16th game of the season. Instead of firing him personally, Steinbrenner dispatched Clyde King to deliver the news for him. This caused a rift between the two men that was not mended for almost 15 years. Steinbrenner ventured to Berra's home in New Jersey to apologize in person for the way his firing as Yankee manager was handled. (This annotation contains an image)
The author's main intent with the highlighted paragraph is to show
Do you believe Jeter and Alex Rodriguez's behavior is appropriate at the moment?
Below is a link to an article from the New York Times about the game and brawl. (This annotation contains a link)
The 1978 American League East tie-breaker game was a one-game extension to the regular season between rivals New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on October 2, 1978. The Yankees took the lead on a three-run home run by Bucky Dent. The Yankees defeated the Red Sox 5–4. Below is a video of that home run. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the context of the highlighted sentence, stooges refers to
In 1999, Rose was selected as an outfielder on the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. To select the team, a panel of experts first compiled a list of the 100 greatest players from the past century. Fans then voted on the players using paper and online ballots. An exception was made to his ban to allow him to participate in the pre-game introduction of the All-Century team before Game 2 of the 1999 World Series between the Braves and Yankees. Below is the video of Jim Gray interviewing Pete Rose. (This annotation contains a video)
The Baha Men song is used as evidence of
Notice how the author doesn't just focus on Jeter directly, but also on the players around him. The writing, however, eventually returns to Jeter, whether it's about how Jeter is affected by another player or how he deals with another player. The author spends time on Jeter's chemistry with others.
The phrase "apocalyptic shades" is an example of a
Below is a video of that out by Jeter. (This annotation contains a video)
Steinbrenner's behavior proves
This sentence is evidence of the author trying to provide a balanced view of Jeter. He gives his qualities and his flaws.
Do you believe Rodriguez and Jeter are justified in asking for such large salaries? Do these large salaries take away from the game? Support your answer with textual evidence.
The repetition of "almost" is the author's way of criticizing Rodriguez. By emphasizing the almost, he reminds the reader that Rodriguez still took the contract.
This anecdote between Jeter and Rodriguez shows how
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell normally responsible for producing antibodies.
The space break between paragraphs indicates a shift in
Below is a video of Piazza's home run. (This annotation contains a video)
Which word or phrase helps you understand the meaning of precocious
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Below is a video of Jeter's flip throw. (This annotation contains a video)
What word best describes Billy Beane's tone about Jeter's play?
The author uses these details to show how much has changed since the attacks on September 11, 2001. It's a reminder how much the country needed to change its daily routines.
How is the fact that President Bush is throwing out the opening pitch even more significant considering the recent events of September 11?
The Yankees' jersey is so iconic that "the men in pinstripes" is easily identified as a reference to the team.
The author includes this moment to show Jeter's
Notice that both paragraphs start off with the same phrase, "He was still." This is a a technique a writer uses to draw attention. Repetition is a effective way to get an idea across.
The main adjective that summarizes the author's view of Jeter here is
When trying to figure out the meaning of a word, using context clues can be very helpful. With the word boorishly, you can come to an understanding of what the word means by seeing the phrase "stark contrast." You have to understand Jeter's typical behavior to understand that boorishly has a negative meaning, as in being rude.
The worshipers in this sentence refers to
The author uses this argument to support his claim that Jeter
Below is a video of the Agassi ad. (This annotation contains a video)
Watch the brief video from CNN regarding steroid use. (This annotation contains a video)
Consider the video and the context of the book in regards to steroid use. How big of an issue do you believe performance-enhancing drugs are in major league baseball?
Watch the video about tone and mood then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
Which selection best captures the shift in mood for the Yankees?
The author uses these highlighted paragraphs to
Below is an image of Jeter's involvement in the Michael Jordan ad. (This annotation contains an image)
Wells' autobiography is called Perfect I'm Not: Boomer on Beers, Brawls, Backaches, and Baseball.
At this moment, Steinbrenner is most upset about
This statement contains an example of
The details here build tension, leading up to Jeter's injury.
Do you agree with Jeter's treatment of Steinbrenner and Huckaby? Support your answer with textual evidence.
In baseball, a captain is an honorary title sometimes given to a member of the team to acknowledge his leadership. In the early days of baseball, a captain was a player who was responsible for many of the functions now assumed by managers and coaches, such as preparing lineups, making decisions about strategy, and encouraging teamwork. Past Yankee captains include Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Don Mattingly.
Below is a video of the Visa ad. (This annotation contains a video)
The word omnipresent is used to
Below is a video of the brawl. (This annotation contains a video)
"The ghosts" is a metaphor for
The Curse of Bambinoas was a superstition evolving from the failure of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to win the World Series in the 86-year period from 1918 to 2004. This misfortune began after the Red Sox sold star player Babe Ruth, sometimes called The Bambino, to the New York Yankees in the off-season of 1919–1920.
The author believes that the biggest part of the struggle is due to
Moments like these show the author's bias. Phrases such as "yahoo banker" make it clear the author is criticizing the owner.
Quiz # 2
The Yankees decide to keep Jeter as short stop because of his
The author uses the adjective cold to help establish the mood of the phone call between Cashman and Jeter.
Do you think Jeter is justified to still feel this way towards Rodriguez? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.
Fordham University is a private, nonprofit, coeducational research university based in New York City, United States. (This annotation contains an image)
In this sentence futility means
Jeter's fear of his ball hitting a bird is an example of irony. It would be ironic if his home run did end up hitting a bird and landing in a player's glove because it is such an unexpected outcome.
The highlighted sentence contains an example of
Below is a video of Jeter's catch and dive. (This annotation contains a video)
The author uses this moment to
The author is drawing considerable attention to the Red Sox in this chapter, which foreshadows what may happen later in the season.
The mentioning of Dave Roberts is
Below is a video that provides more information about the Miracle on Ice hockey team. (This annotation contains a video)
The phrase "the mighty Alex" is an example of
Below is the video of the Rodriguez slap. (This annotation contains a video)
This sentence is an example of
The Great Divide
Below is a video of the collide between A-Rod and Jeter. (This annotation contains a video)
Cashman needs to Jeter to
The sheet of ice is an example of a metaphor for the tension between Rodriguez and Jeter.
Is the author providing a fair, balanced description of Rodriguez? Support your answer with textual evidence.
This is a reference to the pope, which gives a comparison to the level of stature Jeter has on the team.
What is the author's tone toward Jeter here?
Brangelina is in reference to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, as this was their nickname when they started dating.
The author is arguing that Jeter being considered overrated is
The author uses a direct quote from a celebrity to support his claim of how admired Derek Jeter is by both men and women.
What is Jeter's top priority?
The Out-of Towners is a film from 1970 about a husband and wife's experience in New York City. (This annotation contains an image)
How does this moment represent one of the lowest moments for Jeter and the Yankees?
"Winter of his discontent" is an allusion to Shakespeare's Richard III, who begins the play with that phrase.
Moment of Truth
The highlighted sentence contains an example of
Petard is a small bomb made of a metal or wooden box filled with powder, used to blast down a door or to make a hole in a wall.
Stanton claims that what the Yankees are lacking is
The author uses Rodriguez's physical change as evidence to his change in attitude.
A "sabermetric crowd" means the crowd is concerned about
This is an example of what is called concrete evidence. Concrete evidence deals with statistics and data.
Jeter's argument is that a computer
Eight days a week is an example of an idiom. The saying originates from the Beatles song of the same title. (This annotation contains a video)
Derek's use of the word we conveys
As you read these details about Jeter, decide whether this is the right quality for him to have as the leader. One aspect of reading nonfiction is to draw your own conclusions based off of the information that the author provides.
The repetition of the of the word shocked is for
Captain Renault is a character from the famous film Casablanca. Renault was a corrupt police official. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is winning the World Series so important to Jeter? Support your answer with textual evidence.
A midge is a type of fly. (This annotation contains an image)
The sinkerball is a colloquialism for
This detail helps to build anticipation and tension. Watch the video below about tension. (This annotation contains a video)
The author states that all of the following are reasons Jeter cannot take criticism except
This can be seen as another flaw of Jeter's. He may want to keep up appearances in front of others. On the other hand, others may see this as a an aspect of being a leader.
The essence of Jeter's greatness is his
Structurally the author ends on an optimistic note. He has shown many negative aspects of Jeter's personality, including Jeter's tendency to ice people out. However, Jeter's reaction is the opposite expected outcome, which gives the reader hope for his improvement.
How does the author build anticipation in this moment?
Here's a video of Jeter's speech. (This annotation contains a video)
Below is a video that demonstrates a shuffle drill. (This annotation contains a video)
Jeter's willingness to become a DH shows his
Below is Derek Jeter's press conference regarding Alex Rodriguez's steroid use. (This annotation contains a video)
The author believes that
Which definition of emasculated best fits its use in the highlighted sentence?
This shows growth in Jeter, just like how a central character grows in fiction.
Below is a link to MLB website with the video of Jeter's record hit. (This annotation contains a link)
The author includes these details to
Below is an image of Swisher's hairstyle. (This annotation contains an image)
People are stunned by Jeter's
This is in reference to the 1967 NFL Championship between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. It was -15 degrees at Lambeau stadium in Wisconsin. (This annotation contains an image)
According to the details here, the author is commending ______ most of all.
Below is a link to a video of the Yankees winning the World Series. (This annotation contains a link)
The highlighted paragraphs are mainly about
Below is a video of Jeter's speech. (This annotation contains a video)
Are these behaviors concerning? Support your answer with textual evidence.
Willie Pep was a professional boxer from the 1940's. (This annotation contains an image)
Which word would you associate with gofer?
Below is an image of Jeter's Tampa home. (This annotation contains an image)
Jeter directs the majority of his anger at
Below is a video of the press conference. (This annotation contains a video)
The mood of the beginning of this chapter is
Giarardi is facing an internal conflict of whether or not to help Jeter get his 3,000th hit or do what's best for the Yankees.
The author describes the ___________ of Jeter in the highlighted paragraph
Below is the video of Jeter's 3,000 hit. (This annotation contains a video)
The use of "of course he didn't"
Below is a video of a commercial shown around the time of the 2014 MLB All Star game. It is in honor of Derek Jeter's retirement. Like this book, the commercial focuses on how Jeter has earned the respect of a wide variety of people, even Red Sox fans. Pay attention to various celebrities and sports icons who appear in the commercial. (This annotation contains a video)