« Song of the Day #1164 | Main | Song of the Day #1165 »

OH NO My Captain, Say it Ain't So

The last of the so-called "Core Four," Captain Derek Jeter has announced that the 2014 season will be his final in professional baseball. The past year, he sported so many injuries, this Yankee fan was starting to doubt that he'd ever come back. But of that "Core Four," all but three are now retired: Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera to much well-deserved fanfare, and soon, Derek will join them.

I am upset and depressed; Jeter, by far, my favorite baseball player (in my lifetime of active involvement in Yankee fanaticism, Jeter ranks only with two other former captains of the Yankees: Ron Guidry and Don Mattingly, for both talent and humanity). Though my apartment still requires much work after the October fire, it has been and remains (since the mid-1990s), a virtual shrine to Derek. I will miss him, but I will always cherish the fact that I got to see him play, the personification of class, grace, heart, and talent.

Go Derek! Go Yanks!