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The year belonged to Derek Jeter

The Captain reached a milestone in 2011 and continued his streak of sustained grace

Updated: December 30, 2011, 8:43 PM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNNewYork.com

Before you pick ESPN New York's Person of the Year, you must first understand what New York is supposed to be all about. It's a place that occasionally suffers mediocrity, but isn't prone to tolerate it. A place where winning is glorified, but only when done the right way -- by right-minded people.

You don't keep points because you won a Super Bowl more than 40 years ago, or captured a World Series title 25 years ago, or a Stanley Cup, for the matter, more than 17 years ago. And you ...

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