Over the course of three days, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter got recognized on national television by FOX Sports and MLB for all of his contributions not only to the Yankees, but to baseball.
Credited for being the ambassador for baseball the last 20 years, having so many look up to him and want to be like him on the baseball field, it was hard for baseball to prepare to say to goodbye to one if its greatest to ever play the game. In a little more than two months, Sept. 25 to be exact, the shortstop may be playing his last game in pinstripes and in Yankee Stadium forever.
With the honoring he received during the All-Star Game and everybody saying how baseball did a great job with the sendoff, that makes the job a lot easier for the Yankees. They do not exactly have an artist they can bring in and perform one song that links the player forever like they did with Mariano Rivera and “Enter Sandman”, but they can retire his number much like they did for Rivera. No matter what they do, the overall scheme will have to be greater for Jeter than it was for Rivera.
Saying goodbye is never easy. What he has done for the team and the game will be missed dearly by everyone, but the Yankees, a team that has not seen things go their way much this season, can see one night go their way. They should have been taking notes in how it was done during the Midsummer Classic and coming up with a tribute video to play before retiring his number forever. It is not clear what the team has in mind for how they can honor the five-time champion, captain of the franchise and the lone 3,000-hit member in franchise history. Either way, it shall be something amazing to see and bring tears to many who admired the player through the years.