Derek Jeter’s Farewell Tour: Thanks for the Memories, Mr. November
Baseball fans across the globe are poised to follow the New York Yankees next season. Some of them will root for the pinstripes; most of them will not. But all of them will be tuning in to see at least some of the 2014 Yankees season — or, as it might as well be called, the Derek Jeter farewell tour.
Call it that because he’s earned it. Over his 20-year career, Jeter has been so good that even the Boston Globe has run reports about his sporting prowess. The Globe, of course, being geographically and emotionally tied to the Boston Red Sox, the other half of what many consider the most famous rivalry in sports history. When he retires, Jeets will leave the game as the Yankees’ all-time leader in hits, games played, at-bats, stolen bases … and strikeouts. His name shows up in the running for almost every other significant Yankees record, too.
As surreal as it is to type, Mr. November went up to bat more than Mickey Mantle. He has hit almost 1,000 more pitches than Babe Ruth. And he did all of it quietly, without as much of a flicker of controversy despite being in the media capital of the world. With the sun poised to set on what will be an illustrious year career, let’s look back at how Jeter navigated some of the most tumultuous eras in Major League Baseball.