As Derek Jeter’s final MLB season hits the home stretch, MLB Network Radio’s bullpen of hosts looked back and told their favorite memories of the New York Yankees shortstop.
Derek Jeter is playoff baseball, professionalism, poise under pressure, sneaky power, hoping the ball goes to him when it matters most. As a former teammate in the first World Baseball Classic, he is also a teammate that will take the time to talk and get to know each person on his team, and make them feel equal and comfortable; that is true of his entire career as a Yankee from everything I’ve heard, also. He will be missed because he is more like a genuine and friendly A-list movie star than anybody the game has seen for a long time.
Derek Jeter brings back to me memories of what baseball used to be like. He is a timeless professional who would have been as good playing with Ruth and Gehrig and DiMaggio as he is today. Selfless and a gamer!
I had the pleasure of playing with Derek Jeter briefly in 2004. Over the course of his 20-year career, I can’t remember a time when he ever said or did the wrong thing. For him to accomplish that in a major market while performing at a Hall of Fame level is why he will go down as one of the greatest New York Yankees of all time.
In 1996, when I stood next to him at the BBWAA Rookie of the Year dinner in N.Y., I knew then he was a Hall of Famer. Twenty years later, he has left no doubt. The Captain has lived every child’s baseball dream and then some. I hope life after baseball doesn’t let him down; he’s only been on top.