Writers Bloc: Jeter's a welcomed sight


Updated: May 13, 2003, 11:35 AM ET
By Jim Baker
  • Let's face it: The Yankees didn't exactly suffer in Derek Jeter's absence. However, writes Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News, that doesn't mean he was not missed. Lupica argues that while Jeter is nowhere near the best player on the team, he remains the heart and soul of the roster.

  • On the occasion of his being honored as one of Wisconsin's finest baseball products, Ryne Duren, the former Yankee pitcher who was famous for his blazing speed and bad eyesight, is profiled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. For two years (1958 and 1959) he was as good as anybody, making the All-Star team and helping New York defeat the local Braves in the '58 Series. Alcohol played a significant part in his demise, writes Michael Hunt, just as his recovery from it and his work to help others similarly afflicted have been the measure of his post-baseball life.

  • Steve Cummings and a group of Americans recently traveled to Cuba to take in a week's worth of league baseball. He writes in the Seattle Times that in a country where money is scarce, the Spartan approach sets the game apart from the largesse of the version played in the United States.
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