Sunday, March 7, 2010

Daily News spotlight on Captain Jeter

Starting today, the Daily News is publishing a special series on modern Yankee heroes. First up to the plate: Captain Derek Jeter, of course.

Given that Jeter has been in the headlines for the last 15 years, the issue doesn't have a lot of fresh information. But there are a few interesting tidbits. Tino Martinez tells a story from Game 4 of the 2001 World Series against the Diamondbacks: forever known as the Mr. November game. Jeter came in the dugout in the 10th inning and told his teammates that the game was over. Just after midnight, he made good on that prediction, slamming a home run into right field to end the game.

There are also a couple of stories that really give a sense of what Jeter is like as a person and how much he cares about his fans, especially those struggling through the toughest times.

I'm looking forward to the Mariano Rivera issue next Sunday. The Yankees closer doesn't get as much ink as his teammate so there should be some good insights into what makes him great.

Yes, you can read the story online, but it's not the same, especially with all the photos of Jeter on and off the field. Go ahead and buy a copy before they run out. Newspapers need all the help they can get these days.

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