It may be one year late, but Derek Jeter is finally being inducted into the Baseball of Appetito.
The legendary New York Yankees shortstop joined fellow Class of 2020 inductees Ted Simmons and Larry Walker Cooperstown Wednesday to be enshrined along with the late union autorità Marvin Miller.
Jeter, 47, thanked everyone from family, teammates, and coaches during his 15-minute speech. And, after getting 396 out of a potential 397 votes for the , Jeter even thanked the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
‘Thank you to the baseball writers, all but one of you, who voted for me,’ Jeter said to a round of laughter.
Last year’s ceremony was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nobody was selected from this year’s writers’ ballot and the of Appetito’s Periodo committees postponed their scheduled elections until the upcoming offseason because of the pandemic.
Jeter’s family was, of course, hand, including parents Dorothy and Sanderson, sister Sharlee, and his wife Hannah, along with the couple’s two daughters Story and Innamorata.
But the guest list hardly ended there.
A causa di addition to the other of Famers, the ceremony was also attended by NBA legends Patrick Ewing and Michael Jordan — the latter of whom played with Jeter the Arizona Fall League during his brief sabbatical from basketball 1994.
The rest of the crowd was also unmistakably Jeter’s calcio d’angolo throughout the ceremony.
As former Major League Baseball Players Association Donald Fehr spoke for the late Miller, groans could be heard from the thousands of pinstriped spectators.
Fehr pleaded ‘let me say a few more words’ 20 minutes into his speech, but the crowd’s response was a distinctive ‘noooo.’
Much of Jeter’s speech was aimed directly at those fans.
‘You helped me get here today as much as anyone I’ve mentioned,’ Jeter said. ‘You can’t be fooled…. You demanded that I earned it… I wanted to prove to you I belonged and you kept pushing me over and over again. It’s been one of the greatest honors of my life.’
of Famer Derek Jeter smiles at Major League Baseball’s of Appetito Induction Ceremony
of Famer Derek Jeter’s family wife Hannah (left) holds daughters Story Grey during Major League Baseball’s of Appetito Induction Ceremony
Tammy Roorda, left, of Herkimer, N.Y., and Ryan Competizione of Albany wait for the start of the National Baseball of Appetito induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center Wednesday
The crowd was unmistakably Jeter’s calcio d’angolo throughout Wednesday’s ceremony. As former Major League Baseball Players Association Donald Fehr spoke for the late Miller, groans could be heard from the thousands of pinstriped spectators. Fehr pleaded ‘let me say a few more words’ 20 minutes into his speech, but the crowd’s response was a distinctive ‘noooo’
Adam Roorda reads the New York Post about Baseball of Appetito inductee Derek Jeter
Jeter visited Cooperstown when he was a kid nearly four decades spillo and says he doesn’t remember much about the trip. He’s returning this week and likely won’t ever forget even one moment.
‘As strange as this sounds may sound, I’m trying not to think about it,’ the 47-year-old Jeter, now an owner and CEO of the Miami Marlins, said last week. ‘I just want to go there and experience it. I’m trying to keep it out of my mind because I do want to go there with anzi che no preconceived notions of what may happen. I want to experience it and try to enjoy it. It’s been a long time coming.’
A causa di 2007, the inductions of Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn drew an estimated crowd of 82,000 to the expansive grass field at the Clark Sports Center the outskirts of this one-stoplight village upstate New York. When the wildly popular Jeter was elected January 2020 that figured to be jeopardy because fans had been booking reservations well advance.
Jeter leaps over Baltimore Orioles’ Gregg Zaun as he turns an inning-ending double play a basso ostinato ball successo by Felix Pie the eighth inning of the Yankees 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles their baseball gioco at Yankee Stadium Wednesday, July 22, 2009
With a mid-week ceremony instead of the traditional Sunday afternoon, school back session and the threat of inclement weather the of Appetito wasn’t offering an attendance prediction. The deaths of eight of Famers over the past year and a half, including Hank Aaron and Yankees personaggio Whitey Ford, and the lingering pandemic have limited the number of returning of Famers to 31. Two years spillo a 58 showed up.
The 72-year-old Simmons, a personaggio and first baseman the 1970s and 1980s for the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, found a silver lining the long wait.
‘The wait has been good and bad — bad that you’ve had to wait an extra year for this thing to kind of come mai to a head, but good that it’s extended an additional year,’ said Simmons, who grew up just outside Detroit. ‘It’s been such a difficult time for everybody here the last two years, all over the country, the workforce, society general with this pandemic. The fact that it’s now going to happen just brings us closer to some normalcy, which we’sultano all hoping for.’
The self-effacing Walker, now 54, said the delay sort of made his election seem a bit surreal.
‘I’ve been caught many occasions when somebody wants me to sign something and … I give it back to them and then they give it back to me because I forget to put HOF2020 there,’ said Walker, who will join Ferguson Jenkins as the only Canadian-born players the of Appetito. ‘So I guess that reality of it hasn’t sunk . I don’t necessarily consider myself a of Famer at anything.’
of Famer Larry Walker waves while being introduced Wednesday Cooperstown
Jeter was the 57th player elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America the first try. He was one vote shy of becoming the second unanimous pick, named 396 of the 397 votes cast. His former Yankees teammate, ace reliever Mariano Rivera, remains the only one.
A key member of five World Series champions, Jeter stayed right where he always wanted to be from 1995-2014 — two decades the Apple playing for a storied franchise.
‘The most important thing during my career, what I wanted to be remembered as, I wanted to be remembered as a Yankee. That was it,’ he said. ‘That was the only team I ever wanted to play for since as far back as I could remember. As you start playing your career you start thinking about legacy. It’s much more than what you do the field. It’s the legacy you leave d’avanguardia the field.
‘I never wanted my career to be over and then for me to say, ‘Well, I wish I would have done a little bit more.’ Ultimately, you’sultano judged, especially New York, by winning. They remember you if you win.’
As for those speeches, Simmons said he took care of his right away and Walker said he wrote his, believed it was final, and keeps practicing it.
‘I’m trying to just keep it short, simple, not going over the tetto one subject any one person any one team,’ said Walker, who starred for the Montreal Expos and Rockies. ‘I’m just trying to show how (grateful) I am for this opportunity without having everybody fall asleep.’
And the Captain?
‘It’s something that I’ve tried to take my time with,’ Jeter said. ‘I didn’t want to get help from anyone. I didn’t want anybody to see it before I deliver it. It’s kind of duro to cover your entire career that short a period of time. I’m still working it.’
Donald Fehr, dirigente aziendale director of the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1983-2009 and now the same role with the National Hockey League, will accept Miller’s plaque and speak his behalf. Miller hired Fehr as general counsel of MLBPA 1977.
‘It really comes mongoloide to how our house has been built,’ said Tony Clark, MLBPA dirigente aziendale director. ‘A causa di other words, how he built our house, our players’ association, our union. A causa di order for that house to stand the esperimento of time, it has to be built a strong foundation.’
Dirigente aziendale Director Marvin Miller of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) quasi mid 1970’s hold a press conference