The 2014 All Star Game is over. The game that decides which league gets home field advantage for the World Series went to the American League. I guess that’s fitting, since the entire day was devoted to a Yankee.
Derek Jeter, the Captain–he is Mr. November–is retiring at the end of this season. To put it in perspective, he entered the major leagues when I was still in my 30’s–just barely. He made it to the big team’s roster when my daughter Liz was in 8th grade and my son Ernie was in 6th. He became the face of the franchise, and eventually, the face of baseball. He was drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round of the 1992 draft and played in their minor league system until he made his big league debut on May 29, 1995. In his 1st big league game the Yankees played the Mariners in Seattle. He made 5 plate appearances, and went 0 for 5, striking out once. That night, the Yankee 1st baseman was Don Mattingly, Wade Boggs played 3rd base. The Yankees lost. The final score was: Yankees 7, Seattle 8. Just in case you were wondering, the GIANTS played the Expos in Montreal that night. The GIANTS won, 11 to 6. Jeter played in 15 big league games that season before going back down to the minors. He earned a spot on the major league roster the following year. He was named Rookie of the Year for 1996.
He was the lead-off batter for the American League at the All Star Game and received a long standing ovation–with lots of cap tipping–before he stepped into the batter’s box. Prior to coming to the plate, his RE2PECT Nike commercial aired. He received applause from the National League players–including starting pitcher Adam Wainwright. It was a fitting tribute to The Captain and it was a great night for baseball.
I would love to see a Bay Bridge series. It would be great to get some GIANT redemption for 1989. But if Oakland doesn’t make it to the Fall Classic representing the American League, I hope it’s the Yankees. It would be a treat to see Jeter play in another World Series. After all, he is Mr. November.