Derek Jeter confirms he's not a robot, announces new online publishing venture
"I'm not a robot," Derek Jeter writes in the first entry of The Players' Tribune. But that's exactly what a robot would say. We need some convincing.
Well, while the rest of us were still reeling from Tuesday's Wild Card barn-burner, alleged human/rumored replicant Derek Jeter took Wednesday morning to launch his foray into the world of online publishing.
The Players' Tribune will be "a new media platform that will present the unfiltered voices of professional athletes," according to Jeter, because, as he promises "We all have emotions." For evidence, Jeter refers to his post-final home game interview when he did, admittedly, do a bang-up job of simulating real human feelings.
This isn't just some Tumblr, either. The Players' Tribune has cash backing from Legendary Entertainment, according to Deadline, and appears to be assembling quite the roster of "athlete editors and contributors." If you take a look at the site's new Twitter account, you'll see it follows the biggest names in sports, including LeBron James, Serena Williams, and Aaron Rodgers.
Jeter and his All-Star pals hope to reveal the inner-circuitry of professional athletes' lives in a way that will "ultimately transform how athletes and newsmakers share information, bringing fans closer than ever to the games they love."
While we're skeptical that he'll actually be able to prove that professional athletes aren't laboratory-constructed automatons assembled for our endless entertainment, we wish him the best of luck.
Add this digital venture to the book-publishing imprint Jeter announced last year -- Jeter wants to make sure you know he's not a robot on all possible platforms -- and stay tuned for Jeter's Twitter Q&A this afternoon, when you can ask him things like how long his batteries go on a full day's charge.
In the meantime, we look forward to tomorrow's post, "No Comment," and Friday's "Bleep Bloop Blurpo."