Farewell Captain

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It’s a crisp autumn evening on September 25th, 2014. The sun has set, Yankee stadium is illuminated and over sixty thousand people have their cameras out to capture a historic event. It is an unfamiliar scene that the Yankees were out of the playoff race but Yankee stadium was still jam packed in anticipation to see a legend’s last game. Almost every single fan was wearing something with the number 2, had posters or hats to pay respects to the Yankee captain. This game was a bid farewell to Derek Jeter. Everyone was there just to witness history and to pay respect to the greatest shortstop in baseball history.

How can you possibly say goodbye to one of the most iconic players playing for the most iconic team in baseball history? This player came straight out of high school and played 20 Major League Baseball seasons for the New York Yankees. This particular player is a five time World Series champion and the Yankees’ all-time career leader in hits, doubles, games played, stolen bases, on base percentage, and plate appearances. Outside of the accolades accumulated as a Yankee, he was also14 All-Star selections, winner of five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards and the Roberto Clemente Award. Let me introduce you to the Yankees Captain, Derek Jeter. He is the one of the greats in the game of baseball and a perfect role model for everyone on and off the field.

Derek Jeter announced his retirement in the beginning of the season. To pay their respects to the long time Yankees’ captain, every time Derek Jeter played his last game in an opposing ballpark, that particular team would throw him a farewell ceremony before the game. With each ceremony, each team would usually give a sentimental gift, such as a mural or a piece of their ballpark and a donation to his, “Turn 2 Foundation”. This gesture just shows how respected Derek Jeter is as a player. Not a squeak of negativity can be said about Derek Jeter’s work effort, dedication, approach to the game and especially his character as a person. As many players, not only in baseball, crack under the bright lights of New York City, Derek Jeter flourished. He shined in the game of baseball and was one of the few players who were never in the news for any form of controversy. He took pride in being a role model and stayed grounded by being humble to keep his image clean for his fans and admirers.

“As a Mets die hard fan, I always hated the Yankees but I always liked and respected Derek Jeter. He is a great role model for kids on how to carry yourself on and off the field. It shows you never have to be the most talented to be the best, if you work as hard as you possibly can, you will be successful,” says NYIT baseball player, Jimmy Bulva. Speaking for many, even the biggest rivals would be harsh and hateful during the games but would love and respect him afterwards.

The Captain has been iconic outside of baseball. He’s been on many magazine covers such as GQ, a Ford and Movado sponsor, Jordan Brand’s “poster boy” for his baseball apparel and has been a heavy participant of charity work such as his very own Turn 2 Foundation, a foundation to promote a healthy lifestyle amongst youth, and other charities.

Jeter is a great human being, showing that even the biggest celebrities can be some of the kindest souls in the world. He has done everything he can on the baseball field and continues to keep everyone in awe with his character outside of baseball. Thanks for everything, and farewell Captain!

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