When we talk about the New York Yankees, the name of Derek Jeter will hardly not come up to mind. He has been the face of the franchise for several years and will continue to be even years after his retirement.
But his legacy went beyond the organization he spent his entire career with. Jeter has written history in the MLB, and he will be deservedly recognized for it by being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Only a few days before the big, eagerly awaited day for the baseball community, Derek Jeter was asked what he wanted his legacy to be. Spoiler alert: Yankees fans will be delighted with his answer.
Yankees idol Derek Jeter opens up about his legacy before the Hall of Fame induction
On Wednesday, September 8, the game will be fair and distiniguish one of the best of all time. Derek Jeter's enshrinement ceremonies will be witnessed by fans, who have been waiting this moment for a long time.
Reflecting on his career and everything that led him to this moment, the 14-time All-Star has not talked about his achievements nor records as things he is interested to be remembered for.
Instead, it's his history as a Yankee that he's most proud of. "The most important thing during my career, what I wanted to be remembered as, I want to be remembered as a Yankee," Jeter said. "That was it. That was the only thing, the only team I ever wanted to play for since as far back as I could remember. So that's what I wanted my legacy to be.
"As you start playing you start thinking about legacy and since it's much more than what you do on the field it's the legacy you leave off the field. Whether that's work with my foundation, it's what I'm doing down here in Miami. You know, baseball's been a big part of my life and it will continue to be. So when you talk about legacy post-playing career I think I'm still working on it but during my career it was just to be Yankee," he added.
We could name multiple other things Jeter could have mentioned when it comes to talking about his legacy. However, he didn't focus on his five World Series titles nor anything else he has accomplished in his 25-year tenure in New York. For him, the best of the road was just being a Yankee.
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