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Feb 15

Derek Jeter Announces He Will Retire After 2014 Season-Sports Talk With Anthony Bonelli

People say that the number 13 is unlucky, but I bet if you asked a Yankee fan would they like to have their 13th captain play 10 more years they would say absolutely. Unfortunately for Yankee fans that won’t happen, as Derek Jeter announced today that the 2014 season will be his last. We all know what a great player he was, but what I want to talk about is, what a great role model Jeter was for me personally. Let me start by saying  I am a fan of the other team in New York. I have been watching baseball all of my life, I would say Jeter is one of the best players I have ever seen play the game. Some people might say, how could you say that, let me tell you why Jeter plays with his heart and is a team player. I have never heard him put down one of his teammates, I’ve never heard him say I deserve more money, and most importantly I’ve never heard his name mentioned when talking about players who used performance enhancing drugs.

That is the definition of a Hall of Fame in my mind. As a sports fan, and someone who has had to overcome challenges, I admire Derek Jeter, because he never let anyone or anything get a his way of chasing his dream. I never admitted this until now, but he motivated me every day become a better person because no matter how injured he was he rarely ever missed a game. I learned a valuable lesson from this, that no matter how tough life gets, it must go on.

I want to close this by saying thank you Derek for being a great role model to me, and so many other young baseball fans. You played the game the right way and I admire you for that. I wish you all the best in your retirement, and the game of baseball will truly miss you.