Dennis Brackin has worked at the Star Tribune since 1981, winning several national APSE (Associated Press Sports Editors) awards for reporting. He has covered the Twins for most of that time, and he is currently an assistant sports editor overseeing Major League Baseball coverage. Brackin coauthored with Kent Hrbek on the book Tales from the Minnesota Twins Dugout. He lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Patrick Reusse has covered the Minnesota sports scene with passion and insight for more than four decades and has written hundreds of columns about the Twins. He has been a fixture at the Star Tribune since 1988 and a regular for KSTP radio, am1500, since the early 1980s. Reusse is the author of Minnesota Vikings: The Complete Illustrated History. He lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
In The Captain, best-selling author Ian O’Connor draws on extensive reporting and unique access to Jeter that has spanned some fifteen years to reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New York’s most beloved sports figure and the enduring symbol of the steroid-free athlete. O’Connor takes us behind the scenes of a legendary baseball life and career, from Jeter’s early struggles in the minor leagues, when homesickness and errors in the field threatened a stillborn career, to his heady days as a Yankee superstar and prince of the city who squired some of the world’s most beautiful women, to his tense battles with former best friend A-Rod. We also witness Jeter struggling to come to terms with his declining skills and the declining favor of the only organization he ever wanted to play for, leading to a contentious contract negotiation with the Yankees that left people wondering if Jeter might end his career in a uniform without pinstripes.
Derek Jeter’s march toward the Hall of Fame has been dignified and certain, but behind that leadership and hero’s grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that have never been explored, until now. As Jeter closes in on 3,000 hits, a number no Yankee has ever touched, The Captain offers an incisive, exhilarating, and revealing new look at one of the game’s greatest players in the gloaming of his career.