Derek Jeter's Goodbye

Roger Angell for The New Yorker, "S'Long, Jeet":

Jeter has just about wound up his Mariano Tour—the all-points ceremonies around home plate in every away park on the Yankees’ schedule, where he accepts gifts, and perhaps a farewell check for his Turn 2 charity, and lifts his cap to the cheering, phone-flashing multitudes. He does this with style and grace—no one is better at it—and without the weepiness of some predecessors. His ease, his daily joy in his work, has lightened the sadness of this farewell, and the cheering everywhere has been sustained and genuine. Just the other day, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon groused about the rare sounds of cheering offered up to Derek by his customarily sleepy attendees. Two years straight, the Yankees are on the brink of losing two of the franchise's best and highly-revered players: Mariano Rivera last year and Jeter this year. Both made their major league debuts in 1995 and both helped the Yankees win the World Series in 1996 --- my freshman year of high school. It's been a long time. (via Daring Fireball)