It is New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter‘s final season. With that means this year is his 14th and final All-Star Game appearance. Do you feel old yet? Jeter was selected to start in this year’s All-Star Game over Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez who is having a career year.
Fans should expect a standing ovation for Jeter when the game starts. In fact, if baseball wants to do it right, they should have him go out alone and then have the best players representing the league standing and applauding the player for his illustrious career. So many of them speak on behalf of what he has done for the game and how they have looked up to him as a role model before they even thought of playing in the MLB was a reality.
Viewers should expect one last double play between Jeter and longest standing double play duo second baseman Robinson Cano. They will make it look as easy as they did the ten years they were together in New York prior to Cano signing with the Seattle Mariners. It would be hard to imagine any hard feelings from Yankees fans seeing this happen one last time. After all, the event is meant to showcase the best talent baseball has to offer, and since these two are still on top one last time, fans should enjoy it while it lasts.
Lastly, expect nothing different from the player. He would not want the attention, but he knows it is expected. He will do the same thing both Chipper Jones and Mariano Rivera did in their farewell tours these last two seasons. He will enjoy it, play up to his potential and once again lead by example. The young guys around him should all take notes as it could be a while before they say goodbye to one of baseball’s greatest to ever play the game again.