It’s funny. During the early parts of the New York Yankees broadcast on Sunday on the YES Network, Yankees broadcaster and former pitcher David Cone reminisced back to a time before anyone in this generation knew first-hand what Yankee greatness really is. He told a story about how legendary owner George Steinbrenner had a consultation session with former Yankees coach Willie Randolph, questioning whether or not a young Derek Jeter had the capabilities to help carry the Yankees back to greatness.
Well, at the time, Randolph’s answer was a resounding, “YES!”
If history has taught us anything, it’s that the former coach would indeed be proven correct. Here’s Jeter in 2013 at 39-years-old, and he continues to amaze us. He continues to remind us why he is considered one of the greatest to ever play the game of baseball.
Early on in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, he reminded us again.
In his first at-bat since returning from a quad injury that interrupted his initial comeback this season, Jeter showed everyone why he is who he is. After receiving a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance, Jeter was served a first-pitch fastball from Rays pitcher Matt Moore, which he promptly sent over the right field wall.
What is also significant is that Jeter’s blast not only signified his return to the lineup, but it also ended the Yankees drought of 10 games without a home run.
Yes indeed, the Captain is back.
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