Derek Jeter won the Gold Glove this year at shortstop.
It was hard for me to even type that sentence.
I don't even want to hear it from Yankees fans. You get me? I don't even want to hear it. I don't want to hear the rationalizations and the arguments and the glassy-eyed Jeter worship.
You don't need any complicated statistical analyses to quickly determine this award is bullshit of the highest order, either. All you really need to look at to determine that Jeter's calm eyes have performed some kind of inexplicable Jedi mind-trick on the brains of voters for this award is one simple statistic.
Derek Jeter errors this season: 15.
Alex Gonzalez errors this season: 7
Last year, when Jeter won, it was kind of by default. It wasn't like we could argue that Edgar Renteria was superior, and who else was there, really?
This year, as part of the best-fielding Red Sox team ever, a record-setting team in terms of fielding prowess, as the author of several plays I think Jeter only makes in his dreams, Alex Gonzalez (among several others you could also make an argument for) was absolutely robbed. Sorry, this isn't something I can be "classy" about. It's just downright pathetic.
P.S. Speaking of over-rated! (clap clap clapclapclap), Sam links to this ruthlessly humorous post at Fire Joe Morgan about David Eckstein. I am totally with her when she says, "I laughed so hard I cried painful, semi-suppressed tears of mirth."