Perceptive post, and useful word.There's a sound psychological reason for the phenomenon, routed in cognitive dissonance; humans have a hard time attaching negative qualities to people and things they feel strongly positively about, and something's got to give. The opposite of "jeterate" might be "bellhornize," to name a player whose fielding (especially on the DP) was much better than he ever got credit for.
Mind of MBGPIBH: “I like cookies. They are delicious. Especially when they have chocolate chips.”Mind of Jeter: “No, Bobby! No! Dammit. I’ll bet he’s thinking about cookies.I got a good chuckle out of that post.
Seriously. I haven't laughed as hard at a baseball blog post since. "And that happened!"
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