Derek Jeter’s Last Game At Yankee Stadium

Derek Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium is way more than just a game. As with any superstar, it’s the end of an era. For a lot of us (whether

derek jeter's last game at Yankee Stadium

Derek Jeter’s Last Game At Yankee Stadium

you’re a Yankees fan or not – I’m not) Derek Jeter is not only a great baseball player and guaranteed hall of famer; he’s a stellar role model and representative of what I want for my kids. He is the quintessential sportsman, the face of baseball. In an era plagued by steroids, domestic abuse and and illicit conduct, Derek Jeter brings integrity back to the sport. I will sorely miss him as a player but I have a feeling his baseball career is just taking on a new role. But that’s another story.

Record Ticket Prices

Derek Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium may be the end of an era and the last game for the baseball icon, but it is also a financial windfall for the Yankee organization. Ticket prices for the game start at close to $400 for bleacher seats and there are reports of some seats going for as high as $250,000! That can buy an awful lot of baseballs! The average ticket price right now is reported in the $800 range. I wonder what they’ll charge for parking?

The Beginning of the End

Derek Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium will be covered by national and international news and surely will be one of the biggest baseball news stories of 2014. But let’s go back a few years. Derek Sanderson Jeter was born June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey; the oldest of two children of Charles and Dorothy Jeter. No he wasn’t named after the famous Boston Bruins’ star, by Derek’s admission he was named after his grandfather, Sanderson Charles Jeter.

Derek Jeter's last game at Yankee Stadium

Derek Jeter on his way to the Yankees

 

As a young boy he spent summers with his grandparents and played a lot of catch with his grandmother Dot who took him on numerous sojourns to Yankee Stadium. They lived just on the other side of the bridge of Jeter’s beloved ‘Bronx Bombers’ whom he claimed would have him in pinstripes someday. How many kids have that dream?

During the school year he lived with his parents in Michigan and by Derek’s high school days it was apparent he was a gifted athlete. In his career he batted over .500, had only one strikeout in his senior year and was voted the 1992 Player of the year by the American Baseball Coaches Association and USA Today. He was also the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year. He was signed by the Yankees at the end of his senior year; a prediction he boldly proclaimed as far back as elementary school.

As a professional in the minor leagues he was voted the Most Outstanding Major League Prospect by South Atlantic League Managers, and Baseball America voted him the South Atlantic League’s Best Defensive Shortstop. Other awards included Minor League Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the Florida State League.

To list all of Jeter’s achievements and awards would take a while but here’s some of the list; Rookie of the Year, 5 Gold Glove Awards, 5 Silver Slugger Awards, All Star Game MVP, League MVP, World Series MVP, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award, Roberto Clemente Award, Hank Aaron Award, Hitter of the Year Award, Baseball Digest Player of the Year Award, Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, Willie, Mickey and the Duke Award and the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award.

Derek Jeter's Last Game At Yankee Stadium

Derek Jeter Receives the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award from Bud Selig

Derek Jeter’s Last Game At Yankee Stadium

Tonight, the world will get to see (hopefully, depending on Mother Nature) Derek Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium. As I have mentioned before, I’m not a Yankees fan, however I’m a huge Derek Jeter fan. He exemplifies all of the finest attributes a professional athlete should embody. What Derek Jeter means to baseball and the fans of this era is eloquently explained by commission Bud Selig.

“When I was a kid, as I reminisced the other day, my favorite player was Joe DiMaggio,” Selig said during a pregame news conference at Yankee Stadium. “What Joe D meant to my generation, Derek has meant to his. I’ve been overjoyed to see Derek join the heroes of my youth — Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and all the other greats. He is a great champion in every way.”

 

 

 

Derek Jeter's Last Game At Yankee Stadium

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