You can’t say he doesn’t have a flair for the dramatic!
His entire career has been made up of highlight reel after highlight reel. He is Mr. November. I still consider The Play he made against Oakland in Game 3 of the 2001 American League Division Series as being the best play I’ve ever seen, up there with the Eli-to-Tyree catch in Superbowl XLII. He’s won 5 championships, and should have won a 6th in that magical 2001 World Series. Today, he blasted a home run to left field to collect his 3000th hit (in a huge 5-for-5 day), cementing his place in the Hall of Fame. History, with an exclamation mark.
And through it all, he’s done it with grace and humility unparalleled in professional sports. He is the Captain of the New York Yankees, among the most storied franchises in all of sports. Yet he doesn’t act it except where it counts – on the field and in the clubhouse. He could own this town if he wanted to, yet he has always conducted himself with the utmost respect for the uniform that he dons every summer. He is the ultimate team player, always putting the team victory above personal achievements.
I have been amazed at the people calling into the talk shows that have turned on the Captain, complaining about the fact that he actually tried to negotiate for a new contract this past off-season. Obviously fairweather fans, and not true Yankee fans who understand what Jeter means to this team and this city. If anyone has earned the right to call his own shots, it is him. And he still did it the right way (it was Cashman who tried to get public pressure on his side by spilling things to the press), and has maintained a dignified stance ever since. The man has nothing to prove, and I hope that through all the noise from the fringe, he knows it.
To paraphrase the great Joe DiMaggio:
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“I want to thank the Good Lord for making Derek Jeter a Yankee”