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Derek Jeter: Pride of the Yankees is a novel written by Patrick Giles that focuses on the New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. This novel covers Derek Jeter’s years of life growing up and his career in baseball. Derek Jeter is an amazing baseball player with a passion for the game. To him baseball is more than a game, which is why he will always put his body on the line to come away with a win. His unbelievable athletic ability makes him excellent on the baseball field by making plays that defy logic. Derek Jeter shows his tremendous leadership by doing the right things on and off the diamond and provides a great example for all to follow. His parents have raised one of the most if not the most respectable, humble, selfless athletes ever. Derek Jeter has had to overcome and battle the cultural stereotype of being brought up by interracial parents, with his father being African American and mother being Caucasian. He has been the subject of ignorant taunts and embarrassment throughout life and it would be easy for him to be bitter about it as a result of his heritance. But that’s not the case; he keeps his head up and continues life with an admiring attitude and seems impervious to the racial nonsense he has to deal with on a daily basis. Not only does he battle cultural stereotyping, he seems to overcome the social stereotyping as well. Derek Jeter faces the social stereotyping of being a spoiled multimillionaire baseball player and having an ego to match his paycheck. But he seems to break this stereotype by willing to show love and attention back to many of his fans and optimistically puts up with not having a private life.
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