“There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you.” – Derek Jeter.
With the 2014 MLB regular season coming to a close, so is the career of one of the greatest players of all time, New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter.
In his final game at Yankee Stadium today, Jeter was part of the perfect sporting script.
He finished the game 2-5 with 3 RBIs, a hit on his first at bat and a hit on his final at bat at Yankee Stadium. His final hit was a walk-off single that gave the Yankees a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
In his 20 years in the MLB, Jeter won 5 World Series with the Yankees and appeared in 14 All-Star games. Jeter will finish his career as the Yankees all-time leader in hits, singles, doubles and stolen bases.
Over the course of this season, Jeter has been presented with gifts from teams after his last visit to their stadiums with some teams even donating to his charity, the Turn 2 Foundation. NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan even used Jeter as the main focus of his recently successful Air-Jordan advertisement.
When he plays his last ever game against the rival Boston Red-Socks on Monday, Jeter will officially wrap up a career that will never be duplicated. – Patrick Boddan
Top photo taken from Keith Allison’s Flickr photostream.