By Samihan Dani and Neil Bhardwaja
Derek Jeter has been a public icon for baseball for over 20 years! That’s right, he’s been in the MLB for 20 years(his career is literally older than all of us students), and he closed out his last game at Fenway Park against the Red Sox. Although Jeter is 4th in most victories behind Pete Rose, Hank Aaron, and Carl Yastrzemski, he has more world series rings than all of them combined, totaling five. Over his twenty year run, he has had playoff dominance with 158 playoff games. That’s almost an entire season! Over the past six out of seven years Jeter’s jersey has been top-selling except for the 2013 season when he was injured. Every last ballpark he went to, he received a standing ovation.
Jeter came out of high school to play for the Yankees minor league. Then in 1995 he got picked up by the New York Yankees in the 6th pick in the 1st round.
Jeter was asked what he will miss least about the game. He responded by saying, “The schedule. I wont miss that. I mean, eight o’clock game tonight game tonight, we get into Tampa at four in the morning and we have to play another game? No I wont miss that.”
The biggest World Series for Jeter was the all New York World Series in 2000 against the New York Mets. When losing 2-1 in the series, Jeter hit a home run on the 1st pitch of the game. When losing 2-1 in the 6th inning, Jeter hit a home run to tie. In postseason, Jeter’s batting average was 3.10. In 2000, Jeter had become the 1st person to be the MVP of both the AllStar game and the World Series.The All Star game and World Series really launched Derek’s career, making him one of the most famous baseball players ever. He displayed incredible stats throughout all of the seasons, with an outstanding average. And unlike football players, he wasn’t involved in any major scandals, making him a role model for hundreds of children across the country.
In his last game, Yastrzemski and other local team captains came to Boston to watch Jeter take his hits. Bruins hall of famer Bobby Orr, Patriot’s Troy Brown, a former Celtic, Paul Pierce, all came to the game. Even Fenway’s green monster (Scoreboard) had a message for Jeter. Jeter finished with an RBI in the 3rd inning, and left for a pinch runner. In the post-game conference, Jeter wasn’t nearly as emotional as he was at his last game at Yankee Stadium when he had a game-winning hit in the 9th inning.
Jeter may have finished his professional baseball playing career last week, but he will be an icon in the sport for generations to come.
You’ve been with me for the past 20 years.
Your grit fueled my will.
Your history strengthened my resolve.
Your scrutiny exposed my flaws.
Your expectation was my inspiration.
From my first at bat until my final out,
You helped make me who I am.
For that I am forever thankful.