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Derek Jeter Launches Website To Help Fans And Players Connect

October, 1, 2014
Oct 1

It’s been three whole days since Derek Jeter officially retired from baseball, but it seems like he is refusing to head to pasture, or the golf course, just yet. On Wednesday morning, the former New York Yankees shortstop revealed his latest project -- a website. How 1990s Silicon Valley of you, Derek!

Called The Players' Tribune, the site aims to give fans direct access to their favorite athletes, without the filter of the mainstream media. Jeter, billed as a founding publisher, posted a letter with details about its mission.

As long as the site includes a list ranking all of the gifts he received from teams throughout his farewell season, I am totally on board with this venture.

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Boston Brings Back Paul Pierce (For A Day) To Help Salute Derek Jeter

September, 29, 2014
Sep 29

Derek Jeter’s incredible career came to an end on Sunday at Fenway Park. While the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are heated rivals, they put their animosity on hold to come together to pay a special tribute to the Yankees' captain before the game.

Even members of other iconic Boston-area sports team came to pay their, ahem, re2pects -- including Paul Pierce wearing a Celtics jacket. (Sorry C’s fans, this is sadly just a one-day event and he is still a member of the Washington Wizards. Sigh.)

Meanwhile, back in New York on Sunday night, the Empire State Building got involved in the festivities from afar and lit up in pinstripes with a “2” on top.

Farewell, Derek. Good luck finding new ways to entertain yourself without being honored or receiving gifts every day.

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Best Derek Jeter Tribute Came From Derek Jeter

September, 26, 2014
Sep 26

In case you’ve been living under a rock without a WiFi or cell phone signal, Derek Jeter -- you know, The Captain, No. 2 -- played his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.

Naturally, there were more than a few tributes to the iconic shortstop throughout the evening, both at the stadium and elsewhere.

Celebrities like Jay-Z, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Pratt and Matt Harvey were in attendance to pay their respects.

Car service Uber made some temporary changes in its New York app to acknowledge No. 2.

Even Jeter’s young nephew even got in on the act, tipping his adorably oversized "RE2PECT" hat in honor of Uncle Derek. It’s perfectly acceptable to loudly squeal “AWWWWWWWW” from your desk right now. Your boss will understand.

Of course, the best tribute to Derek Jeter of the evening came from ... Derek Jeter. The legendary shortstop ended his career in the Bronx in the most fitting way possible -- with a walk-off single for a 6-5 Yankees victory. You really couldn’t have scripted it any better.

Now THAT’S how you end a career. I know Jeter still has to play a three-game series at Fenway this weekend, but he probably should have just dropped the mic after that one.

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Who Wouldn't Want A Derek Jeter Game-Worn Sock?

September, 23, 2014
Sep 23

Do you have a couple hundred dollars to spend and don’t really concern yourself with that whole hygiene thing? Have I got the collector’s item for you! Steiner Sports is selling, wait for it, Derek Jeter’s game-worn sock for a cool $409. And yes, that’s sock singular.

To recap: For more than the price of a ticket to Jeter’s final home game at Yankee Stadium this week, you can own one sock that he once sweated into. People are weird.

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Gatorade Tips Its Cap To Derek Jeter In New Commercial

September, 18, 2014
Sep 18

Did you know Derek Jeter is retiring? Of course you did. But if you somehow forgot, Gatorade joined Nike and every ballpark in America in celebrating the New York Yankees captain with a brand-new tribute video. Set to the music of Frank Sinatra, NATCH.

This is starting to feel like the longest farewell tour since the Rolling Stones.

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Derek Jeter Stops News Conference To Answer Reporter's Phone

September, 8, 2014
Sep 8

In case you’ve been living in some of WiFi-less/New York Post-free zone for the past week, Sunday was Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium. The legendary New York Yankees shortstop is retiring at the end of the season (if this is news to you, you might want to spend more time on the Internet) and the team honored him with a ceremony before the game against the Kansas City Royals.

Reggie Jackson, David Cone, Bernie Williams, Joe Torre and some dude named MICHAEL JORDAN were all on hand for the tribute. So I guess he’s kind of a big deal or something. Jeter himself gave an emotional speech to the crowd.

However, the best part of the day might have come after the game -- a 2-0 loss, but whatever -- when No. 2 answered the ringing cell phone of Bergen Record reporter Tara Sullivan at his press conference.

Sullivan understandably later expressed her sheer and total embarrassment on Twitter.

Guessing her husband won’t be calling her at work again anytime soon.

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Go get 'em, Tigers

August, 5, 2014
Aug 5

Detroit Tigers center fielder Ezequiel Carrera submitted his nomination for “absolutely ridiculous catch of the year” Monday night when he laid out to grab a deep shot from the Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury with the bases loaded in the third inning. Not too shabby for a guy just called up from Triple-A last week.

While Carrera’s catch marveled fans, Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander managed to get the approval of all the bros. And he wasn’t even playing. Verlander tossed a ball to his girlfriend Kate Upton, who was sitting behind the dugout. My Twitter feed has somehow convinced me this is news.

Somehow, despite their multiple GIF-worthy moments, the Tigers lost 2-1. Womp, womp.

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Losing Jeter like living a nightmare

October, 14, 2012
Derek JeterRobert Deutsch/USA TODAY SportsYankees shortstop Derek Jeter fractured his ankle and is done for the season.

I am writing at 2 in the morning, after returning home from what I can only describe as the first baseball game I’ve ever attended that felt like a funeral. And I was at Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS. This Game 1 loss to the Tigers hurt even more.

The baseball results are painful enough: The Yankees lost a game in which they left 13 runners on base and failed to score in three innings (yes, three separate innings) with the bases loaded. The Yankees lost a game in which they got a solid start from veteran Andy Pettitte but could not get him his 20th postseason victory. The Yankees lost a game in which the team went an abysmal 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position.

The Yankees lost a game which saw Raul Ibanez deliver another miraculous did-that-really-just-happen-again game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Yet the Yankees could not get it done in extra innings. (The Yankees needed to win it in the 11th because Miggy Cabrera and Prince Fielder loomed in the 12th). Questionable bullpen decisions by Joe Girardi and many factors other factors (Nick Swisher, I’m looking at you) also contributed to the loss.

The biggest loss of all took place in the top of the 12th when Derek Jeter went to his left for a ground ball and stumbled, falling to the ground in a heap. We watched from our seats in Section 322 and gasped as we realized that Jeter was not getting up. Girardi and Yankees trainer Steve Donohue came out of and talked to the fallen shortstop. It all unfolded in slow motion and we watched as they lifted Jeter from the infield dirt and carried him off the field (I didn’t see the look of pain on Jeter’s face until I got home). The fans who stayed started a chant of “Derek Jeter! Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap.”

Once the chant subsided, I’ve never heard a ballpark so silent. A nightmare unfolded before our eyes. The captain had fallen and it did not look good. Was it an Achilles injury? An ACL tear? A broken leg? Fifteen minutes later, as we exited Yankee Stadium in stunned silence following the Tigers’ 6-4 win, we learned via Twitter that Jeter suffered a fractured ankle and would not play again this postseason.

The walk from the Stadium to the subway felt like a funeral procession. Jeter’s injury isn’t life threatening. Nobody actually died. But it sure felt like it. There’s only one player on that field who would have made us feel that way -- Derek Jeter.

Jeter is a postseason constant for the Yankees. He’s first all-time in postseason games played (158), hits (200), total bases (302) and runs scored (111). He’s been one of the team’s few consistent offensive performers this playoffs after a remarkable 2012 season in which he led the American League in hits. When was the last time the Yankees played a postseason game without Jeter? Oct. 8, 1995. It’s almost impossible to fathom a postseason without him at shortstop.

I know the series is far from over, but the prospects don’t look great. The Yankees have Hiroki Kuroda going on short rest in a must-win Game 2 (Verlander awaits in Game 3), a lineup filled with guys who can’t hit their weight, an overextended bullpen and an injured captain.

Yankee fans have already had to deal with the prospect of facing the postseason without Mariano Rivera. But to be playing in October without Jeter? The unthinkable is happening. And it starts on Sunday afternoon.