Game 35: Derek Jeter Day

Sure, Jeter got more opportunities in the postseason than anyone, but he made the most of his chances.

"Thank you, New York, for asking a lot of me".

Jeter, along with former teammates Jason Giambi, Eric Chavez, Alfonso Soriano and Bobby Abreu, will be eligible for the Hall in 2020. Jeter was a No. 13 much of the time in the minor leagues. Maybe the last one baseball will ever truly have. There were players who were more important to you or your friends or fans of teams that were not the Yankees. Before the ceremony, special guest after special guest had gushed about how calm Jeter always was in the biggest games, in the toughest spots, on the largest stages in sports. Aaron Judge followed with his major league-leading 14th homer, a 441-foot drive off the padding above the center field restaurant behind Monument Park. "It's a tough thing, you know, when you have a mom that did this, or a dad that did this". You showed me that being No. 2 was more than enough.

Of course, there were some secrets Girardi was willing to dish out about Derek the teammate, too. Some may say it's bland and safe, but that's how Jeter usually answered questions during the bulk of his career. 2 was retired in a pregame series and he will now join the likes of Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth and Roger Maris in Yankees lore. Only Manny Ramirez and Bernie Williams have more career playoff home runs, and he's fourth in playoff RBI. I learned that time flies.

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There isn't one moment that can define Jeter's career.

"To me, looking back on it, that was Derek", Girardi said.

The Yankees and the Astros both wore pink-billed caps in honor of the holiday, and Jeter said that he chose this day to receive the honor to highlight his mother's and family's contribution to his success. I got to see him grind every single day, coming to the ballpark with the mentality of going out there, playing shortstop and doing his job every single day. The star-studded ceremony included a plaque unveiling with Jeter aka "The Captain"... He was named the 2000 World Series MVP with two homers and a.409 batting average, and he hit better than.345 in five of his seven trips to the Fall Classic.

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