I don’t like Derek Jeter. I live in Texas Rangers country and I am a fan of the Red Sox. So I have two reasons to dislike Derek Jeter. However, I have to tip my cap to the Captain.
My sister is a Yankee fan and has been in love with Derek Jeter for 20 years. So when she asked me to go to his last game against the Rangers, I couldn’t refuse. After all, how many more chances would I have to watch a Hall of Famer.
As I sat the there waiting for the pre-game ceremony, I couldn’t help but think about the amazing career he has had. If only he had played for another team!
The Rangers had a ceremony for Jeter, and gave him the same kind of worthless gifts he has received from other teams. In this case, it was a pair of boots.
It was cool to see Michael Young and Ivan Rodriguez be there to present him those gifts.
Then the Rangers did something totally unexpected: they had George W. Bush come out to present him with a signed photo of their exchange that took place before the 2001 World Series.
The Rangers put together a video commemorating that event in 2001, which played immediately before W. came onto the field. I can only imagine that there will be very few gifts that will mean as much to Jeter.
The Captain was 0 for 3, but did make some good defensive plays, including a double-play.
During his final at bat, the entire stadium was on its feet chanting and cheering for the old man. Although it did not help.
It was an amazing experience and I am thankful that my sister twisted my arm to go.