When he walked out to the empty shortstop position and bent over for his last time, the lesson of Derek Jeter hit me, loud and clear: Savor every grounder.
When I heard that Jeter was retiring after this season, I wanted to get a first-hand glimpse at the real Derek Jeter, but as you can imagine, he has been difficult to reach this year.
This ending feels less like a breakup than a letting go. We will miss him, but we are grateful for what he gave us, and how he made us feel.
If you're a Boston Red Sox or New York Mets fan (or another who's been on the receiving end of one of his clutch hits or into-the-stands or leaping-catch play), you've probably been waiting for this day for quite some time: Derek Jeter's last game.
I've never met Derek Jeter but having watched his entire career I'm willing to bet that if asked how he feels about being a role model to so many fans, he would say he was just doing his job the best way he knew how.
The overstatement of Jeter's intangible contributions, efforts to make him into a paragon of integrity and honor when he is essentially a great ballplayer who managed to stay out of trouble and not say anything stupid to the media in 20 years, all make it increasingly difficult to either like Jeter or take his farewell tour seriously.
Meet Amish. He lost his mother on 9/11. She worked for Marsh & McLennan on the 97th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, right in th...
An all-West Coast World Series, a distinct possibility at this point, would present an image of baseball that is young, new and forward-looking, despite the inconvenient time zone for many in the East Coast.
It is easy to look back and find players who perhaps had higher batting averages, or more stolen bases, or even have done more philanthropic work. But what Jeter leaves behind is his ability to do it all. He is the whole package.
Figuring out a way to replace that revenue and continue to adjust to the new media world, rather than determining ways to make the game more exciting or figure out the best post-season formula, will be the criteria by which the next commissioner will be judged.
Relax. Lay down your arms. As a Yankee fan, I come in peace. I offer my sincerest congratulations, because even though your team fell apart, you now can live each day for that one golden moment of pure tobacco pleasure: The Yankee box score.
With football season nearly here and Major League Baseball approaching the dog days of summer, it's the perfect time to consider the overall importance of sports and what they mean to a city. What makes a city primed for sports relevancy?
Jacoby Ellsbury's season has been overshadowed by Gardner's play. Gardner has been the Yankees best player this year hitting .283/.361/.463 for a team leading 4.2 WAR.
Well, whatever we thought was plaguing front offices to make them so boring is apparently gone, because we got a whole lot of big time trades yesterday.
The Red Sox might not be able to trade Lester, or the the prospects they get for Lester may not turn into valuable players in the future, but the willingness of the Red Sox to shop Lester demonstrates why the Red Sox are one of the smartest organizations in baseball.
Roger Angell reminded us recently with a long memoir piece why he will be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. As much as his selection is deserved, there is another Roger out there who has not yet gotten the nod.