Derek Jeter may have seen success from the get-go, but he wasn’t always SI’s Sportsman of the Year. In fact, few remember that it wasn’t until after the ’96 series that he truly locked it in.
After nerding out over at baseball-reference.com, it’s clear that the numbers say it all. Sure, the Yankees won the ’96 Series, but it took them a full 6 games, and Jeter batted a meager .250. Since then, the Yankees are 21–11 in World Series play, with Jeter batting a scorching .331.
So as the sports media continued to finger Jeter’s proverbial asshole praise Jeter’s accomplishments, we went searching for the true reason for Mr. November’s success and longevity. The answer? None other than George Costanza.
Nothing more than simple physics…