Wham! Derek Jeter just hit his 3,465th ball at bat, good for 6th all time in his historic career to go along with his 260 career home runs. Growing up I wasn’t really a big baseball guy but one name I always knew and that was synonymous in New York and in baseball was Derek Jeter. The way he approached the game, his grace and humility told fans and the media, his leadership, and above all his will to win is what made him such an amazing ambassador for the game, let alone his amazing baseball skills.
For us millennials he defined our childhoods, teenage years, and early 20s. He brought winning to New York, a city that unfortunately had to deal with the pain of the New York Knicks not being able to capture a chip during Patrick Ewing’s prime years, a New York Giants team that one only one Super Bowl(2007)against the Tom Brady’s Patriots during his tenure with the Yankees, and a New York Jets team that hasn't won a Super Bowl since 1969, led by the great Joe Namath, which was just the third Super Bowl in NFL history. What Jeter did was give us countless moments memorable moments throughout his illustrious career as a Yankee, whether that was the Jeffrey maier home run, the clutch walk off HR against the Diamondbacks in Game 4 of the 2010 World Series to tie it 2-2, or winning the 2000 World Series MVP, hitting a remarkable .409 with two Home Runs and RBIs in the series.
He not only gave us moments but what he did is what all athletes strive for, and that is to win at the highest level. He brought a winning culture to New York, capturing five World Series titles(1996, 1998-2000, & 2009) , even three-peating in the late 90s! He became even more prominent in pop culture when he signed with Jordan Brand in 2002, owned by another GOAT, Michael Jordan where he currently has 13 editions of shoes and a role called “Captain.” He also had quite the charm with girls and models, dating the likes of Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Adriana Lima, Scarlett Johansson, Bridget Hall, Jordana Brewster, and so on.
With his great friend and business partner Jordan in attendance, along with Ewing he announced his fall of fame speech. He stated “ It’s been a hell of a ride,” Jeter said, closing out a long-overdue afternoon of speeches and remembrance. He also gave a little snark to the one voter who didn’t vote for him to get into the hall when he stated "Thanks to the writers," Jeter said. "All but one of them." All in all it was a sweet way to cap off on what was an astounding career for a remarkable player, but an even better human being…. Salute Captain!