So I lucked into a ticket to the Yankees-White Sox game last month. Pitcher’s duel in the early going, but long story short, the Yanks won 7-4 in the 10th. See the box score for yourself: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYA/NYA201408240.shtml
Anyway, I say ‘lucked’ into the ticket not because I like the Yankees at all, but because in the 20 years that he’s played in the big leagues, I hadn’t seen Derek Jeter play the game in person. The guy’s a first ballot HOFer. A perennial All-Star. A fan favorite.
That’s really what brought me to see him. Those two words. Fan favorite. Those words aren’t reserved for a guy who puts up mind-blowing stats. It’s not a term for a player who laughs and jokes with the media and endears himself to the people. To me, Derek Jeter is a fan favorite because of the physical toughness he’s shown through an epic career. Also, because he wasn’t in the headlines. Sure he was on page 6 whenever he appeared with a new(er) girlfriend back in his bachelor days, but he wasn’t making a mockery of his fame. The guy came to work day after day, week after week for 20 years. He is the epitome of everyman on that field.
Again, I’m a Phillies fan inside and out, but Derek Jeter is one of the few for whom a standing O should be the standard.