What do you get for the man who has everything? Well, Derek Jeter doesn’t really have everything. He is still fighting for that 6th World Series championship ring, which is all he really cares about on the baseball field.
Jeter heads into his 38th birthday today mired in a bad slump, which hopefully won’t get all the “is he getting too old” talk started again. Before his birthday month began, Jeter was having an unbelievable season, batting near .400 and stabilizing the New York Yankees offense when everyone else was struggling.
He has been surpassing great names on the all-time hits lists on his way to possibly challenging Pete Rose for the top spot (if he decides to play that long, which Bud Selig and Major League Baseball would love). Next up, the guy who made it possible for tall guys like Jeter to play shortstop: Cal Ripken Jr.
But Jeter has little patience for talk of records and lists. That doesn’t mean he isn’t honored to take his place among these legendary greats. It just means that he is too busy playing baseball to care right now. And that’s one of the reasons Yankee fans (and a lot of other baseball fans) worship the captain.
Happy Birthday, Derek!