How ski fans feel about Derek Jeter winning 2009 Sportsman of the Year

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 30, 2009 6:33 am

Derek Jeter is the recipient of Sports Illustrated’s 2009 Sportsman of the Year award. How do you ski and snowboard enthusaists feel about this? We’re not saying Jeter isn’t qualified…but has the snow sport world gotten enough love in this category?

Here’s Sports Illustrated’s description of Jeter and his accolades: “Jeter’s selection caps another outstanding season for the 35-year-old team captain and future Hall of Famer. In 2009 he batted .334 while leading the Yankees to their fifth World Series title in his 14 full seasons, their first since 2000 and their record 27th in franchise history. On Sept. 11 he passed Lou Gehrig’s franchise mark for base hits, which now stands at 2,747. In 2009 Jeter led the American League by reaching base 289 times, finished second in the league in hits (212), third in batting average and on-base percentage (.406), fourth in runs (107) and eighth in stolen bases (30). He was named an All-Star for the 10th time, including the sixth time as a starter, while winning his fourth AL Silver Slugger as the best hitting shortstop in the league and his fourth Gold Glove as the league’s top defensive shortstop. In 15 postseason games Jeter lived up to his reputation as a clutch player, batting .344 with a .432 on-base percentage, three home runs and six RBIs. He batted .407 in the World Series to lead the Yankees to a six-game victory over the defending world champion Philadelphia Phillies. During the Series, Jeter was named the American League recipient of the Hank Aaron Award, given to the best hitter in each league, and the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, given to the player who best displays skill on the field while giving back to the community off it.”

So, are we applauding the baseball star, or yawning? What say you, ski bums and bunnies…is it time to give this award to one of our own?