The Derek Jeter farewell tour has just begun and it’s only April 2. During the first series of the season for the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros are surprisingly putting up a solid fight, even defeating the Yankees by the score of 6-2 on Opening Day. Just because the Astros aren’t scared of the Yankees doesn’t mean they can’t suck up to them.
We all know this is Jeter’s final year in baseball after a historic career filled with over 250 home runs, five World Series titles, 13 MLB All-Star selections and numerous memories that came at the expense of other teams.
Sure we all remember Jeter’s ridiculous dive into the stands to make one of the greatest plays of all time. Or how about the relay play at home plate to record an out in a crucial situation against the Oakland Athletics in October of 2001.
Yes, Jeter has given us many things to be proud of as baseball fans, but what the Astros are doing to honor the captain is just wrong.
— Jerome Solomon (@JeromeSolomon) April 2, 2014
It happens occasionally in sports these days. Teams that don’t have a hugely dedicated following sometimes embrace the fact that fans are hard to come by. The Astros are one of those teams and they began to sell Derek Jeter jerseys and shirts in their own team store at Minute Maid Park.
You don’t see top teams doing something like this and it’s somewhat embarrassing for those Astros fans who do care.
I get it, they are catering to the Yankees fans who did make the trip to Houston. However, if Yankees fans did make the trip to Houston to see Opening Day, they are probably already proud owners of a Derek Jeter jersey of their own.
Interesting business move, Houston.
Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.