Honestly, what took so fucking long, this should've been done the day after Jeter called it a career. The Yankees have had hundreds of great players come through their organization. They've had many Hall of Famers and many players that'll be remembered for as long as this game lives on. When you think Yankees though, there's one person that immediately comes to mind that's associated with the Pinstripes, Derek Jeter. Babe Ruth was the greatest player ever, but he was a fat drunk. Mickey Mantle, Joe Dimaggio, Lou Gehrig were all legends of the game, but not many people are still alive that got to see them in there hay day. Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Don Mattingly, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera all legends of the game, but none of them shined quite like Derek Jeter.
Jeter was a star from the beginning, his first full year as starting shortstop for the Yankees he won a World Series ring. Talk about fairytale beginning to his story. He also won the rookie of the year award, don't even like saying that phrase after how badly Gary Sanchez got robbed of it, but I digress. He then went on to win four more championships, go to 15 all star games, 5 gold gloves, 5 silver sluggers, and he finished in the top 10 of MVP voting 8 times. Safe to say the awards are there. He also had 3,465 hits while maintaining a .310 batting average throughout his career, consistently for 20 years being one of the best hitters in the game. Jeter also earned the nickname Mr.November with his glorious walk off home run in game 4 of the 2001 World Series. He also won the World Series MVP the year prior to that against the Mets in the Subway Series. Jeter was also the last captain the Yankees had, he was one of 5 Yankees ever to spend their entire career as a Yankee and be a captain. Lou Gehrig is the only other one that spent his entire career with the Yankees, is a hall of famer, and had the longevity of Jeter. Now, Jeter isn't a hall of famer yet, but you'd be dumb to think he won't be a first ballot hall of famer. I'm even thinking he might be the first unanimous first ballot hall of famer, regardless he'll be in Cooperstown in a few short years.
Jeter was also the heartbreak kid of NYC. Every women in New York was in love with Derek Jeter, didn't matter if she watched baseball, cared about sports, every female in America knew Derek Jeter, and wanted to bang him. The guy was the biggest stud this city has ever seen and somehow he manipulated the entire media to the point there was never a bad story broken about him. He never was in any scandals, almost never saw his personal life on display, he was just low key slaying any girl he wanted to because he just had it like that. There will never be another Derek Jeter. You either loved him, or you hated him out of jealousy, but no one had an actual reason not to like him because he's essentially perfect. Thank you No.2, The Captain, Mr.November, Derek Jeter for blessing my childhood with outstanding entertainment provided by your unreal athletic ability, and master skill in the game of baseball. You are my childhood hero along with ever other Yankee fan under the age of 30, you showed us all that it is possible to be a superhero. Thank you.
Now I'm going to post a bunch of memorable Jeter Moments and sound bites and cry for the rest of the day.
Derek Jeter becomes Mr.November
Legendary public address announcer Bob Sheppard legendary walk up call for Derek Jeter. This was also the first time it was heard since his passing.
Derek Jeter 3,000th hit
Jeter's Final AB at Yankee Stadium
Game against Boston in July and Jeter is laying it all out on the line... Just shows you the type of player he was. "The Dive"
Now here's Jeter with his 5 World Series trophies.
The 5th was the most special though had to get that one alone