Derek Jeter’s fabulous baseball career with the New York Yankees is winding down.
The Kalamazoo Kid will be hanging up his cleats at the end of this week.
Nineteen years in the big leagues with the same club.
Think about that for a minute.
I know there are a few New York Mets fans who read the blog so I figure they have stopped reading this entry by now. (I wonder what Carmine would think of Derek Jeter?)
The Baltimore Orioles are in town for a four game series. Thursday will be Jeter’s final appearance at the stadium. The Bronx Bombers then head to Boston to end the season with a weekend visit with the Red Sox. Some people are wondering if Jeter will play against the Red Sox or will his appearance at Yankee stadium vs the Orioles on Thursday be his last?
“His last at-bat should be at Yankee stadium,” someone said to me.
Sorry, butI don’t agree with that at all.
If Jeter decides to play in Boston, look for the Red Sox to show their appreciation. The city of Boston knows winners, and Jeter is a winner.
In an outstanding New York Magazine article Jeter’s former manager Joe Torre had this to say about him: “Even though it was his first year in the big leagues, Derek was a finished product as a person. Very mature, responsible.”
Torre credits Jeter’s parents for a psychological grounding that sounds simple, but isn’t. “He felt comfortable in his own skin. Other players need to be validated. Derek doesn’t need the attention.”
Jeter’s parents did a wonderful job raising their son. Saw a sign at the Yankee game on Sunday, “MRS. JETER, YOU DID THE BEST JOB!”
You don’t have to be a Yankees fan to respect Jeter and his accomplishments. I understand some people are tired of the farewell tour but he will be missed.
I am going to treasure these last few games. So much that I ordered MLB premium so I don’t miss his last few at-bats.
Jeter did it the right way both on and off the field.
He has never been involved with steroids or crime. Has never been involved in a domestic abuse situation. His mom and dad taught him how to respect people.
The way Jeter plays the game every day should be an example to all youth athletes. On ground balls, the guy still sprints down the first base line. I mention that only because there are major league baseball players who jog.
He not only hustles, but he plays hard and is a great teammate.
Currently I work with high school basketball players. I am always looking for examples of athletes who do it the right way, it’s important. It’s important for kids growing up in today’s society to see someone who worked hard like Jeter, who stayed out of trouble and who persevered.
I’m going to miss #2 playing shortstop in the Bronx.