My first reaction to the Derek Jeter announcement?
He's right; it's time to go.
Jeter has been around so long that -- pardon the crossover into football -- he came up with the New York Yankees when Rich Kotite was the coach of the New York Jets, 1995. Try to wrap your brain around that. In the Jets' history book, that's known as the Dark Ages.
I'm not a Yankees fan, but how can you not respect Jeter? Every professional sports franchise longs to have a Jeter. During the Jets' acrimonious contract talks with Darrelle Revis, the cornerback's camp tried to push the notion that the Jets needed to lock up Revis because he was their Jeter -- a homegrown star. Obviously, the Jets didn't see Revis that way. At the same time, Revis' behavior wasn't very Jeter-like, as he made it all about the money.
As for the real Jeter, you just hope he can stay healthy through his farewell season. As former Jet and current ESPN analyst Damien Woody tweeted, "Father Time is undefeated." I also remember what Bill Parcells used to say: When you start talking about retirement, you've already retired.