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The man. The legend. The game changer. Derek Jeter.
I grew up watching the New York Yankees with my parents but did not start avidly watching the games up until two years ago.
The Yankees, or as I like to call them, “my boys,” became a huge part of my life.
I am ashamed to say that I have never gone to Yankee Stadium; but I plan on going in the coming weeks before Jeter retires.
In first grade, I had a teacher who hung Derek Jeter posters up in her classroom. She would always talk about the games, and my peers and I would not understand her excitement. I saw her a few months ago and she would tell me about the times she had gone to the games with her family and how she cried when Mariano Rivera retired.
Now that I am older, I feel the same connection that she did with Jeter. He made waves in the baseball industry and it is not everyday that a player is respected the way he is. Even Boston Red Sox fans respect him and that is almost unheard of.
September 7th will be a day that Yankee fans and non-Yankee fans will pay their dues to a legend. Jeter will retire from playing with the Bronx Bombers at the age of 40 and will be remembered for his ability to play the game.
The shortstop is in his 20th season of playing baseball and has decided that it is time to call it quits. He will be remembered for being both a five-time World Series Champion and a prominent figure of the Yankees.
While being born in New Jersey, but raised in Michigan, Jeter and his family would come back to New Jersey in the summer to visit relatives. His grandparents would take him to the New York Yankees games and he would watch Dave Winfield. Winfield is notorious for sparking a passion of baseball in Jeter. After watching Winfield play, Jeter knew that he wanted to do the same and became passionate for the sport.
In high school, Jeter received many awards for his amazing seasons including the USA Today High School Player of the Year. His talent drove him far and he was rewarded a scholarship to the University of Michigan to play baseball.
Since Jeter was drafted in 1992, he has had an amazing career. Winning ESPYs and numerous player of the year awards from places like Sports Illustrated and Baseball Digest. He has hit over 3,000 home runs and currently has a batting average of .311.
While there is one month left before the world says good bye to Jeter, I now find myself wishing he had a few more years left in him.
Growing up and watching The Captain play on my television is something I will never forget. I wish Jeter well with all of his future endeavors.
This is not the end, but rather the beginning for Derek Jeter.
Peace, love, toodles.