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Derek Jeter NOTE

Yankees SS Derek Jeter hands a game ball to a young fan in the crowd.

Yankees SS Derek Jeter hands a game ball to a young fan in the crowd.

I’ve had a very busy week and after returning home from covering the Mayweather Jr. fight in Las Vegas, there was only one more gig I was looking forward to covering: ……New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter would be playing in his final game ever against the Tampa Bay Rays, and I wanted to film him one last time.
After arriving, I was relieved to see that he was in fact on the starting lineup for the game, after being struck by a pitch the night before.
The Yankees fans were out in full force, and there were signs and camera flashes going off the entire evening, especially when Jeter got a hit and eventually rounded the bases for a run. He was all smiles the entire night and you could sense he was a bit sad about saying goodbye for the last time to his loyal fans, and the regulars that he always saw at Tropicana Field. There was magic in the air, mixed with a little bit of sadness that one of the greatest ever to play the game would not be in uniform come next season.
With the final out of the game, the Yankees had defeated the Rays 3-2, and the crowd roared its approval with whistles, clapping, cheers and flashbulbs. Derek tipped his hat for the very last time on this field, and I followed him until he disappeared into the safety of the dark Yankees bench, and down the dugout steps……….

Only later while photographing the aftermath of the bench area and searching for a shot of the final team lineups did another piece of paper catch my eye…….
……after looking closely, it was a hand written note addressed to Jeter, by a very young boy….it was taped to the wall with red tape, sitting just beside the players heads…… read:

From Anthony (………..)

Hey Jeter! I really hope you read this. If you do I just want you to know that you’re my hero. You are the reason I wake up with a smile on my face. You are my motivation to do everything to my best ability to be as successful as you. Baseball has had a big impact on my life and it is because of you. I want to be just like you and be a role model to so many people like me. I hope you have a good game an I will always love you. You should text or call me sometime it would make me so happy, but I wouldn’t tell anyone your number ;-): (PHONE NUMBER CENSORED)
You could also visit me: (ADDRESS CENSORED)

I love you man. 😉

THANKS <3 And that folks is exactly the reason Mr. Derek Jeter will truly be missed. Yes, he was an incredible baseball player, and the best Captain ever…..but as a person, we should all strive to emulate this man. Alex Menendez Derek Jeter

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