In sad news this week, beloved baseball player Yogi Berra died at the age of 90. He’s been one of the most popular retired Yankees players for decades and now is known almost more for his absurd sayings than for his actual playing. Of course, he also remains one of the best catchers of all time and was probably the most famous remaining Yankees player from his era.
Major league baseball is rapidly coming to a close, so I’ve decided to have at least one post on baseball this fall.
One of the big stories of the year is Derek Jeter’s impending retirement at the end of the season. While he was never my favorite player on the Yankees, he has been a major fixture on the team for 20 years. It seems like he is quite well liked by both fans and players, so his presence will be missed even if the Yankees find a better shortstop for next season.
One thing I don’t really like is the farewell tour. Mariano Rivera did that last year, but I think it was more warranted because he was such a dominant player for so long but still remained popular with everyone. Rivera was by many measures the greatest closer of all time and remained nearly unhittable even at the end of his career, while Jeter was an iconic player who avoided scandal in a scandal-plagued era but was by no means the best player of his generation. While for Rivera it seemed as if the rest of the league really wanted to honor his contributions, Jeter doing the same a year later seems as if it’s maybe more of an ego trip. This isn’t necessarily true, but that at least is how it appears to me. I hope this kind of farewell tour doesn’t become a regular fixture in baseball. Things like the Jeter retirement patch are frankly bizarre when such things are usually used to commemorate people who have died or are very sick and not someone who is still actually playing.