Yesterday afternoon, deemed ‘Derek Jeter Day’ by New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio the Yankees honored legendary Yankee and captain, Derek Jeter. The celebration as I’d like to think of it started by bring out the likes of Jeter’s family, championship teammates, the next MLB commissioner, Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and who knew….but the ‘Jumpman’, ‘Air Jordan’, Michael Jordan himself.
At the end of the festivities which was nearly an hour long before game-time, Jeter was able to thank the people he most wanted to address, who were the fans who have supported him throughout the past two decades.
The 40-year-old captain turned his attention to the fans, most of whom were standing chanting his name throughout and said:
“Lastly and most importantly, I want to thank you, the fans, anyone who is here today, anyone who is at home watching, anyone who has ever been over the course, over the last 20 seasons, thank you very much. You guys have watched me grow up over the last 20 years. I’ve watched you, too. Some of you guys are getting older, too. I want to thank you for helping me feel like a kid the last 20 years.”
Although the Yankees would go on to lose 2-0 to the Kansas City Royals, and hurt their chances of making the playoffs. It was a very touching ceremony, and Jeter will truly be missed by the fans me among them.
I am blessed to have purchased tickets to his last regular season game here at the stadium on September 25th to issue the legend, a true captains farewell.