5 best farewell videos for Yankees legend Derek Jeter
Think of the number of ball players that Jeter-inspired during his 14 All-Star Game appearances– five Silver Slugger Awards — 3,465 career hits. This MLB produced commercial showcases the impact he’s had on young talent, including Mo’ne Davis and some guy by the name of Mike Trout.
We’ve all emulated our favorite player at one time or another — for me, I had to have the same infield glove Jeter wore. For others, it was his cleats, the batting stance, and of course, the number.
He’s the reason why Troy Tulowitzki wears No. 2. Same goes for Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson, who just changed to No. 7 this season.
Back in 2014, Tulowitzki spoke to the New York Post about what wearing No. 2 meant to him.
"“You grow up and you say, ‘Man, if I was in the big leagues one day, I would wear No. 2 because I would want to be like Jeter. I’d want to play in the postseason, just like him,’’’ Tulowitzki said. “To actually get to the big leagues and to wear No. 2, play the same position, was awesome."
Whether you tug on your helmet the way Jeter did or call for time as you set yourself in the batter’s box, you can thank the man who made it cool to lean over the plate to get a better look at a pitch he didn’t like.