Before we started our summer tour with Broach Baseball Tours, we had a few days in New York. While there are always things to find to do in New York, we had come for Baseball. This summer, Baseball in New York meant one thing…Jeter.
I am the first to admit that I am NOT a Yankee fan. But I have always been a Jeter fan. Not only because he is a great athlete and has reset the Yankee record book, and while at it added to the vaunted Yankee legacy, but because he personifies my favorite three word sentence…Good for Baseball.
Jeter decided at something like twelve years old he was going to play shortstop for the Yankees. Maybe every little leaguer has that dream, Jeter made it happen. Not only did he work as hard as he had to, he survived the steroids era of Baseball without indulging. He did not have to, pure talent sufficed. That is the way it should be.
In his retirement letter to the Baseball world he said one thing that stuck out for me, “Now I will get to have a summer vacation”. I sure hope he has many. I wish I could be his travel coordinator. “Hey Derek, want to go see the Gorillas in Rwanda? How about Easter Island?” Oh well, I can dream.
In our summer vacation we got to see Derek play three times, including his last All-Star game. For me at least, it was an emotional experience.
I was going to cover much more about Baseball in NYC before our tour, including a trip to Coney Island to see the Brooklyn Cyclones, but out of respect for the great Derek Jeter, I will leave this post to just honor him.
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