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Derek Jeter and winningDerek Jeter. Let’s talk about the over the top importance of winning to some people in youth sports, mostly adults, parents, friends, and organizations, and how they feel winning youth sports games at a young age teaches a child valuable life lessons. And then let’s talk about Derek Jeter. Many people believe him to be the consummate winner. They see the World Championships he has won as a member of the New York Yankees and his mantra of playing to win. They see the way he handles himself with class and dignity. They never see him chewing out, or showing up a teammate and rarely does he ever argue with an umpire. He stays out of controversy off the field and does a lot of charitable work behind the scenes, rarely drawing attention to himself. He is an excellent role model for his teammates, fans, and Major League baseball. Pretty straight forward stuff isn’t it? Maybe not. Probably not. It isn’t! So what exactly is it that makes the tag of a winner so hard to define?

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