Jeter worth emulating

As a dad, I'm glad my 5-year-old son is a Derek Jeter fan, because Jeter sets an example worth emulating.

Originally Published: August 23, 2004
By Tom Candiotti | Special to ESPN Insider
My 5-year-old son is the biggest Derek Jeter fan in the world. I'm glad about that, because based on what I know and what I've read about Jeter, he's exactly the kind of player and person I want my son to emulate.

The New York Yankees shortstop is a stand-up guy. Jeter holds his head high when times are tough, and he's had plenty of experience with success to know how to continue to succeed.

He's even-keeled. You never see Jeter throw his helmet or throw a temper tantrum. When he was slumping to start this season -- at the end of April, he was batting .168 -- Jeter never lost his composure. In June, he batted .396, and now he's batting above .270 overall.

Tom Candiotti provides analysis for select ESPN Major League Baseball coverage, working at various games throughout the season. Candiotti joined ESPN's baseball coverage team in 2001, shortly after closing the door on his 17-year pitching career.