cleats at the end of the upcoming 2014 season.
Knowing Jeter’s end was close doesn’t make its reality any easier to grasp without a feeling a bag of mixed emotions.
Understandable, melancholy, humbled, and proud all at once is the best way I can describe my response once I confirmed this was true.
Many people might not understand that Derek Jeter is more than just a famous athlete playing for the most storied franchise.
Jeter bestowed limitless pride to an entire city like no one, or nothing else ever has.
So fittingly, winning a World Series Championship seems to be the only proper way to for the Yankees to bid the Captain’s greatness adieu.
It was unfortunate that Mariano Rivera last pitch was thrown in September and not October, but last season’s Yankees did not have the pieces needed to compete.
This time the Yankees head into season with added talent but not without questions. The odds of an implosion might be far less but is still possible.
You can be sure Jeter’s teammates are taking his pending leave to heart, which only can add to the team’s overall motivation.
Yankees Joe DiMaggio, boxer Rocky Marciano, Celtic Bill Russell, Broncos John Elway, tennis great Pete Sampras, NY Giants Michael Strahan and Ravens Ray Lewis are just a few athletes comparable to Jeter who went out on top.
And I truly believe that if anyone deserves a perfect ending to a captivating career it is Derek Jeter.
Now the Yankees only have to deliver it…. and that might be too much to ask.