The Captain

Derek Jeter, known as “The Captain” and “Mr. November” was already a lock to be selected to Cooperstown before sending hit 3,000 into the left-field bleachers with a home run.

Jeter’s Saturday performance — 5-5 with a home run, and a single knocking in the game-winning run — will go down in history as one of the greatest moments in the history of baseball.

Jeter became the 29th player in MLB history to record 3,000 hits and became the first player in Yankee history to accomplish this feat.

Derek Jeter belts a home run into the left-field stands for hit number 3,000. Jeter became the 29th player in MLB history and the first Yankee to accomplish this feat. (Image via http://joeposnanski.si.com)

With 12 All-Star appearances, five gold gloves, and the only player in MLB history to be awarded the All-Star MVP award as well as the World Series MVP award in the same season,  Jeter’s accomplishments speak for themselves. He is one of the greatest baseball players — as well as one of the greatest winners — that we will ever see.

The Sandlot quote “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die,” describes Jeter in a nutshell.

If you think you can find a better quote to describe Derek Jeter then go right ahead, but you will only be disappointed. Jeter — like the rest of us — will eventually pass away, but he will never die, at least not to me.

Many people expect athletes to be role models and hold them to their standards only to be let down. Derek Jeter is every bit a role model as he is an athlete.

Growing up, Jeter was my favorite baseball player, my hero, and my idol. When I played little league I played on the New York Yankees. You can bet I was number two and played shortstop. You can bet I pretended to be Derek Jeter at the batting cage. You can bet I dreamed of becoming the next Jeter.

Jeter’s loyalty, team-first attitude and will to win is something everyone should strive to replicate. Jeter loves to play baseball and we love to watch him.

I wasn’t fortunate enough to watch Jeter’s 3,000th hit live, but even after watching the replay numerous times, I still get chills. This evening, SportsCenter showed the Top 10 moments of Derek Jeter’s career and I couldn’t help but reminisce on all the incredible moments I have been lucky enough to witness.

Even though this offseason was a bit tense for the Yankees and Jeter, I’m glad the two reached an agreement. Watching Jeter circle the bases for hit number 3,000 wouldn’t of been the same if he wasn’t in a Yankee uniform.

Everyday Derek Jeter laces up his cleats and trots out to shortstop — whether you’re a Yankee fan or not — is a treat for baseball fans everywhere. The day Jeter finally decides to call it quits will be a bittersweet moment, but for now, lets just enjoy the rest of Jeter’s legendary career.

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  1. What a moment for Derek Jeter to go 5-5 and the ovation he got, it gave me chills as well. Great moment.

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