The Start of Goodbye for Derek Jeter

By: Allison Ricke Email
By: Allison Ricke Email

Derek Jeter has always been the kind of athlete people look up to, but his humility may be the reason he is the role model he is today. The New York Yankees shortstop was honored Wednesday night in the first of his many ceremonial farewell celebrations.

Some of the biggest names in baseball, Jeter's former teammates and colleagues, were at the presentation to congratulate him on his phenomenal career. Jeter was given a pair of cowboy boots with the No. 2 engraved on them, a Stetson cowboy hat and a set of golf clubs. Not one speech was given in the five minute duration, but having Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Mike Stanton present the gifts to Jeter was something sweet to see. Several area-pro golfers such as Mark O'Meara were also on the field for the celebration.

In USA Today Jeter commented, "The guys were trying to get me to wear the boots and the hat. I'll wear the boots and the hat while I golf with the golf clubs,'' Jeter said after the game. "If I can combine all of them.''

The Astros displayed a highlight reel of Jeter, and later went on to defeat the Yankees 3-1.

Jeter was drafted to the New York Yankees in the 1st round (sixth overall pick) of the 1992 Amateur Draft when he was 20 years old. He has played for the Yankees his entire professional baseball career and looks to retire after this season.


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