ruary 13, 2014 4:44 a.m. by Tom King
I've had the pleasure of seeing many of the best baseball players ply their craft over the last 50 years. One of those players, Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter announced yesterday that he will hang it up after this coming season. Jeter, once at the top of the heap, has seen his game deteriorate over the last few seasons. Injuries and age have taken their toll. It happens to everyone. Very few athletes go out on top. The trick for a fan is to realize and savor when you are watching the great players, knowing that eventually it will come to an end. You could be going to a meaningless August game but it could be the last time one of the great players in history will take the field. As a Red Sox fan I was conditioned to hate all things Yankee. Could not bring myself to think about any member of the 'evil empire' as anything but loathsome. Of course in recent years the Yankees have not been very good and its been easier to treat them with less contempt than in the past. In the past I thought Jeter was just another arrogant member of the team. I was wrong. Jeter played the game with grace, skill & fire. He stayed out of trouble off the field and exemplfied true professionalism on it. May he enjoy and savor his last season and may we, as fans do the same.
The Jeter Farewell Tour comes to Miller Park May 9-11.