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Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter Unfiltered

The cover of Derek Jeter’s book, Unfiltered.

For Christmas this year, my sister gave me a copy of Derek Jeter’s book, Unfiltered.

Sis was as excited to give me this gift as I was to receive it. We share a love of baseball. We go to baseball games together, her team and mine playing against each other. It’s clear that we we respect each other as sisters and as baseball fans.

This turned out to be a very special gift. You see, Jeter’s plans to retire put me in a funk. I knew it was coming after I saw him break his leg, but still. It was hard to write about anything.

Seasons of watching Jeter shine as the New York Yankees shortstop, taking play to another level, inspiring fans, teammates and other players, was ending. The last of the Yankees “Core Four” was sitting down. An active player with the cred of a baseball legend was ready to call it a day.

Almost worse, no longer would the velvety staccato of the incomparable Bob Sheppard ring at Yankee Stadium, announcing Jeter as he came to bat.

I wondered, who would fill the seats at stadiums across the country the way Jeter did? As Jeter’s farewell tour concluded, it was clear that Jeter’s charisma and reputation as a baseball player and professional athlete is unparalleled today.

So, it took the joy of my sister’s thoughtful Christmas present to unlock the keyboard. Of course, I start with writing about Jeter. Here’s to wishing him success at what he does next.

Thanks for everything, Derek Jeter.


Throwback Thursday: NY Yankees Reggie Jackson In a Bearhug

Reggie Jackson Mr. October and Nick Swisher at batting practice

NY Yankees Reggie Jackson “Mr. October” and Nick Swisher at batting practice

I took this photo a while back of Reggie Jackson and Nick Swisher at batting practice, an example of being at the right place at the right time. For me, this was truly a sports fan moment, having the legendary Hall of Fame right-fielder in my lens.

Reggie Jackson has been a regular fixture at the NY Yankees’ batting practice. Imagine getting batting advice from Mr. October!


LA Dodgers 2013 NLCS

LA Dodgers 2013 NLCS

LA Dodgers 2013 NLCS

Tonight’s Dodger game against the Cardinals reminds me of last year’s NLCS. Fortunately, the outcome was much more positive, with a win for the Dodgers. It was the first time that the teams have faced each other since last year’s NLCS.

LA Dodgers Clayton Kershaw Gets a No-Hitter

LA Dodgers Clayton Kershaw

LA Dodgers Clayton Kershaw

LA Dodgers Clayton Kershaw’s got his first career no-hitter and a record 15 strikeouts at Dodger Stadium tonight. Incredible!

Kershaw pitched the entire game with laser focus and control. He pitched as crisply in the eighth and ninth innings as he did at the start of the game. If that sounds like an embellishment, it bears mentioning that he pitched a complete game without walking a single batter.