You’re not done with Jeter: Last game detailed on Fox Sports 1; Beat reporter calls him ‘abidingly decent’ and professional’

The Derek Jeter farewell tour has been extended to Monday.

From Fox Sports 1:


For those lucky enough to attend Yankees Captain Derek Jeter’s final home game, the farewell scene was indescribable. Tens of thousands gathered in a 21st century sports cathedral to witness the final pinstriped chapter of a 20-year career no doubt guided by the baseball gods.  How else can one explain how New York’s rain-soaked skies miraculously gave way to a game-time rainbow and the storybook drama that unfolded in the ninth?

Fortunately, for those who wish to re-live the evening, FOX Sports 1 presents, DEREK JETER: A NIGHT 2 REMEMBER, a cinematic journey through his final home game as a New York Yankee.  Produced by Major League Baseball Productions and FOX Sports Originals, the special 30-minute program premieres Monday, Sept. 29 (7:30 PM ET).

Throughout the day and evening of Sept. 25, Major League Baseball Productions had an exclusive look at Jeter at Yankee Stadium, and along with elements from YES Network’s extensive coverage and that of MLB Network, a gripping mini-documentary that chronicles Jeter’s final home game, and its Hollywood script ending, has emerged.  DEREK JETER: A NIGHT 2 REMEMBER is a must-see original work featuring previously unseen images that pays tribute to a once-in-a-generation baseball hero’s final hours in his beloved home uniform.


Meanwhile, Peter Abraham, now with the Boston Globe, recalls covering Jeter while with the Journal News of White Plains, N.Y. If only there were more like him.

Jeter’s comments were only rarely revealing and never about his private life. But he was always available and because of who he was, his words carried weight. If a rookie pitcher struggled, Jeter reminded reporters that the Yankees lost as a team. If a teammate made an error, Jeter would bring up a runner he left on base.

Conversely, if the Yankees were playing well it was often hard to find Jeter. He would let his teammates dwell in the spotlight and spend time at his locker only for brief stretches. He was adept at making sure others had their chance before he appeared.

Jeter was extraordinarily patient, too, making sure nobody walked away feeling they were belittled. Even silly questions got some kind of answer. He had a good sense of humor when the cameras were off, but never was it mean-spirited.

Every clubhouse has players who are comfortable with the media, some who tolerate it and others who dislike the process. Accountability is important regardless. When the same players are constantly left to explain losses or answer for the mistakes made by others, resentment can quickly fester.

Jeter never let that happen. If the Yankees lost, he was there to take the heat. And not once did he slip up by criticizing a teammate or jabbing the opposition. In a city full of writers waiting to pounce, he never uttered something he regretted. That’s a streak better than Joe DiMaggio’s.



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