I was drawn to Jeter early in his career because he was a winner. He played the game cleanly, no links to steroids during the steroid-era. He pretty much stayed the same size throughout his storied career. Never exhibiting much muscle-mass, slim, trim, fit, built like the quintessential baseball player.
The guy had a knack for the extraordinary. As he and the sports world anticipated his 3000th hit, Jeter goes 5-for-5 and his 3000th hit was a homerun! Also, his very last hit before retiring, was a walk-off game winning hit. Are you kidding me? If you wrote a story about a Jeter-like career, people would say it's a bit farfetched, a bit unbelievable.
Derek stayed single during his 20-year playing career. He's now married and his wife Hannah Jeter is an expectant mom.
To say that Jeter was a class act, on and off the field would be a major understatement. He was never linked to any type of controversy and that is amazing considering the media follows "superstars" practically everywhere. Young athletes from any sport should use Mr. Jeter's career as an example to follow.
Congrats on a phenomenal career Mr. November!