He’s had many nicknames: The Captain. Mr. November. And now, Derek Jeter can add the most impressive moniker yet: Baseball Hall of Famer. Jeter would be enshrined in Cooperstown on what can only be described as a memorable afternoon.
Everyone from Michael Jordan to Dave Winfield to his former manager Joe Torre would make the trip to upstate New York to celebrate one of baseball’s class acts. Jeter, who made headlines and history in his time in pinstripes would make a point to acknowledge the history of the sport he so excelled at. He’d even manage to sneak in a little dig at the one sole baseball writer who didn’t have him on his Hall of Fame ballot. “The nerves are because of these people that are behind me now, and all those who are part of the Hall of Fame family,” Jeter would beam from the podium. “Because the great thing about baseball is its history. That's what makes it so special.”
And boy did he make some history in NYC. Jeter retired after playing all of his 20 seasons with the Yanks. He’d finish his career with 3,465 hits—the sixth most hits in major league history. And lest we forget, the guy did his thang on the biggest stage, and always managed to look damn good doing it. I mean, my man had a fairytale career and, after five world series wins—deserved to go out with a fairytale ending. So, one more time for the folks in the back.