After an entire season of being honored, recognized, celebrated and thanked by baseball fans everywhere, Derek Jeter has decided that his next line of business is going to be to help give back.
Retiring last Sunday (Sept. 28) after 20 seasons in the bigs (all with the New York Yankees), Jeter started a new media platform that professional athletes can use to voice their thoughts or feelings to fans. The primary objective of The Player’s Tribune is to bring fans closer than ever to the games and players they love.
Jeter understands that celebrities, public figures, and professional athletes can’t always say what’s on their mind or how they really feel because of the media. In the first publication of The Player’s Tribune, written by the former shortstop himself, Jeter says:
I do think fans deserve more than “no comments” or “I don’t knows.” Those simple answers have always stemmed from a genuine concern that any statement, any opinion or detail, might be distorted. I have a unique perspective. Many of you saw me after that final home game, when the enormity of the moment hit me. I’m not a robot. Neither are the other athletes who at times might seem unapproachable. We all have emotions. We just need to be sure our thoughts will come across the way we intend.
“The Voice of the Game” is what Jeter is striving for–working with other athletes, editors and publishers to build a website for athletes to say what’s on their minds. It will consist of first-person stories , behind-the-scenes content and more.
Instead of listening to the same old jazz, or boring answers to boring questions from media personnel in a locker room, athletes will now be able to connect directly to fans.
However, skeptics are insinuating that the website will not be a success, and that athletes still won’t be able to say what’s on their minds for fear of public scrutinization by the media. Therefore, the content produced will be boring and uninteresting to the majority of fans. Naysayers feel that if the website isn’t a huge success, then it will fail.
Ideally, The Player’s Tribune is going to bring professional athletes closer to fans. That’s what it’s for. How could it fail? So, before you judge the website, ask yourself…was Derek Jeter a success? Is there anything that the five-time World Series champ failed at?