Thursday, September 10, 2009

Derek Jeter

With Derek Jeter's 2,721st hit on Tuesday night, he tied Lou Gehrig for All-Time Hits in a Yankee uniform.

There are so many things that one can say about Derek Jeter. He is one of the all-time great Yankees, and it's almost hard to imagine the Yankees without him at shortstop.

The best thing about Derek Jeter is the fact that he does not seem to be one of the typical conceited athletes, who feels that everything is owed to him and he is the be all and end all of human existence.

Furthermore, when all of the craze revolved around American League shortstops in the late 1990's, Jeter seemed to be lost in the bunch. He was eclipsed at the time by Alex Rodriguez, then of the Seattle Mariners, Miguel Tejada, then of the Oakland Athletics, and Nomar Garciaparra, then of the Boston Red Sox.

But here it is, 2009 and Jeter is the only one still on the big stage at the shortstop position. Rodriguez, now Jeter's teammate, moved to third base because he knew there was no unseating Jeter at his position, while Tejada and Garciaparra are finishing out their careers in relative anonymity in Houston and Oakland, respectively.

And that's Jeter's lasting legacy. Without a hint of arrogance, he remains one of the greatest players, on one of the greatest teams in Major League Baseball.

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