Within the past hour (2:00 pm, 2/12) Derek Jeter posted on his Facebook page that 2014 would be his last season.
No surprise, but still a bit of a jolt as his retirement signals the end of an era.
I’m not looking forward to another farewell tour, and nothing personal towards Jeter, but they do get a bit tiresome. Rivera’s farewell, last year, was done as well as could be, but there is a sameness to all the ceremony.
That said, he has been the consummate professional. Little public bitching or complaining on or off the field, and pretty much got the most out of his talent. Not really the perfect player, talent wise, but always played every game all out.
The only negative I have against him (besides being a Yankee:) ) is that when ARod became his teammate in 2004, that he didn’t step away from short and let the far better defensive Rodriguez play the position. Jeter moving to 2nd, I presume. That’s a short list.