Derek Jeter, a shortstop to the end

Captain never intended to give up the only position he ever wanted to play

Updated: February 19, 2014, 5:20 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Derek Jeter, shortstop, was never going to play another position for the New York Yankees or anyone else. He was never going to let himself get bumped over to his right, like Cal Ripken Jr. did, because he understood that his home between second and third was too big a part of his identity, too central a part of his public life.

He also understood that lining up in left field in 2015 would've been tantamount to Joe Montana lining up at flanker in the end.

"The ...

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