Personal Thoughts on Derek Jeter

I’ve been a New York Yankees fan for as long as I can remember. But I’ve never been a “fan” of any individual player.

By that I mean, I don’t get too wrapped up in the players themselves. No sports ball player is a “hero” to me. That word should be reserved for people who do actual heroic things – not hit balls with sticks. These guys are just playing games for my amusement – and ridiculously large sums of money.

While I wouldn’t describe Derek Jeter as a hero, I would describe him as an incredibly talented, arguably great, baseball player, a classy guy and someone who, as the old timers say, “plays the game the right way”.

He never embarrassed his team, his fellow players, his organization, his fans or his city. There have been the occasional minor personal life things but I don’t care about his or anyone else’s personal life. Besides, he’s young, rich, single and lives in New York – let him serial date whoever he wants to.

One of the nicest things my ex ever did was take me to Yankee Stadium on my birthday. We bought overpriced souvenirs, drank beer, ate hot dogs and had a great time. I spent the entire game watching Jeter like I was 12 years old.

Another of my fondest memories is the day Mike Rose and I spent at Yankee Stadium. I was going through the divorce from the aforementioned ex and needed a mental health break. I called up Mike and he agreed to go to a Yankees game with me (I bribed him with the carrot of getting a tour of the Stadium from a YML listener who was a behind the scenes guy for Yankees IT). Another wonderful day spent drinking beer, eating hot dogs and watching Derek Jeter.
Mike and Shawn

I enjoyed watching him play. I enjoyed the way he would so often rise to the occasion and help “my Yankees” win a game, a playoff, a World Series.

As he rose to yet another occasion last night, I was thinking, is there anyone else in baseball who could take his place?

But no one will ever take Jeter’s place.

Congratulations Captain. Thanks for all the memories. You make me proud to be a New York Yankee fan.

Tweetbot for iOS

My friend Lesley finally got fed up with the Sponsored Tweets she was seeing in the official Twitter app for iOS so she asked what I used.

I told her I’ve used a lot of them but have finally settled on Tapbots’ Tweetbot:

Tweetbot 3 for Twitter (iPhone & iPod touch) (affiliate link)

Tweetbot for Twitter (iPad edition) (affiliate link)

My friend John Moltz wrote an article for The Sweet Setup – “The best Twitter app for iOS – Tweetbot” that agreed with me.

For those who are curious, I use YoruFukurou on the Mac.

Americans Try Canadian Snacks For First Time

Americans Try Canadian Snacks For First Time

I love their reaction to Naniamo bars (SO GOOD!) and poutine but I’ll admit to having no clue what “All Dressed Chips” are. And I’m dissapointed they didn’t get to try Ketchup Chips.

Yes…I said, Ketchup Chips. Potato chips…that are ketchup flavoured…

For those of you who are interested, here are “17 Unique & Delicious Items of Canadian Junk Food“.

“Burt’s Buzz” for 99 Cents!

“Burt’s Buzz” for 99 Cents! (affiliate link)
Like most guys, I hate women’s lip balm products. But, I would get chapped lips all the time. Then I discovered this “Burt’s Bees” product and loved it. I’ve always got a little tube of it with me.

I never gave any thought to the name until I saw a trailer for “Burt’s Buzz” last year and realized that Burt was a real person. Even better, he seems odd, eccentric, real and funny. I’ll be watching this movie tonight.

Gazelle Refer a Friend Program

I’m a big fan of Gazelle so I have no problem pimping this deal. It’s even better that *I* get $15 if you sell something and *you* get an extra $10. Win/Win! :)

Gazelle Refer a Friend Program:

Until August 22nd, refer your friends and family and Get $15 from Gazelle for every friend who sells a gadget.

Your friends will get an additional $10 on their first trade-in.

The Ride of Your Life

The Ride of Your Life:

A ride on the Ducati Two Seater is an experience like no other. It is a MotoGP riders’ eye-view on a Ducati Desmosedici Two Seater bike.

The bikes are piloted by Riders for Health’s co-founder, Randy Mamola, and Ducati test rider, Franco Battaini – two of the most experienced and talented riders in the world.

How much (scary) fun would this be!? I don’t think I could ever do it – I probably weigh way too much for Mamola to pull wheelies with for fear of flipping the bike over backwards!

The ride is in support of a great charity – Riders for Health – that manages motorcycles, ambulances and other four-wheel vehicles used in the delivery of health care in seven countries across Africa.