Forever Young: Jeter’s 38th Birthday Tribute

In honor of Captain Clutch turning a ripe age of 38, let us celebrate 38 reasons why baseball fans alike are completely and utterly in love with Derek Jeter.

38) 38=about 77 in baseball years & putting up numbers like he was a rookie again; another “Curious Case of Benjamin Button”-like story if you ask me

37) at age 37 he passed Rickey Henderson & now holds Yankees career stolen base record

36) gotta love his signature batting stance: how he watches every single pitch right into the glove, sticks his butt way out on any pitch slightly inside & holds his back arm up “halting” the umpire, letting him know he’s not set yet

35) fun fact: Jeter served as Jorge Posada’s best man in his wedding

34) his smooth way of fielding a ground ball to either side- gobles it up, jumps & throws to first all in one fluid motion in mid-air

33) holds .313 career batting average

32) he is & will always be remembered as a baseball icon- the face of not only the Yankees but of Major League Baseball

31) all-around Jeter: well-rounded athlete, even played AAU basketball against Chris Webber & Jalen Rose

30) respected by fans and players of all 30 MLB teams

29) made MLB debut May 29, 1995

28) cute family- gotta shoutout to his fam, always there supporting him: Dad-Charles, Mom- Dorothy & Sister- Sharlee

27) DSJ- Derek’s middle name is Sanderson

26) was chosen in the first round, 6th pick overall in ’92 amateur draft

25) has played in 2,497 total games with 10,174 plate appearances

24) 246 career homeruns

23) in 2003, Yankees named him 11th captain in franchise history, Yanks did not have a captain for 10 years before Jeter held position

22) his hunger to win at any cost & putting the team’s success before his own

21) in 2001, coined the nickname “Mr. November” for World Series Game 4 winning homerun

20) in 2000, won All-Star MVP, World Series MVP & Roberto Clemente Awards

19) he’s a Class Act- looks the part, acts classy & stays humble

18) # of seasons played with the Yankees

17) 17th player in MLB history with at least 1,800 runs scored

16) # of years his Turn 2 Foundation charity has been around

15) this April starting off scorching hot with 15 of his famous opposite field hits

14) 14th in MLB history on all-time hits list

13) it was in 13th inning of game in July 2004 vs. the Red Sox, when Jeter dove in to 3rd baseline stands to catch foul ball, busted up his handsome face to ensure a 5-4 win

12) 12-time All Star

11) #11 Chuck Knoblauch leading off in the 90s, with Jeter batting second, my favorite combo to brace the top of the lineup

10) this needs to be mentioned. the dude’s a 10. hes as hot as his BA ;)

9) in ’09 World Baseball Classic served as “El Capitan” of the US team

8) his amazing mixture of leadership, determination & composure

7) Lucky #7=amount of celebrity notable girlfriends: Mariah Carey, Lara Dutta, Joy Enriquez, Jordana Brewster, Vanessa Minillo, Jessica Biel & Minka Kelly (’bout time to settle down Jetes…)

6) ’96 Rookie of the Year

5) 5-time World Series Champion & total # of Golden Glove Awards

4) # of Silver Slugger Awards

3) 3,000 hits & counting milestone: holds Yanks hits record

2) “Now batting for the Yankees…the shortstop…number 2…Derek Je-tah…number 2…” (we’ll never forget, Bob Shepard); jersey # will go down in history

1) My favorite Jeter play, maybe the best play you will ever see as far as pure instinct, in ’01: incredible out-of-nowhere backhanded flip play to tag Giambi out at home during Game 3 of ALDS in 2001, talk about “coming outta left field”, was playing deep at shortstop, thinking ahead of time, runs over to the first base line to be relay man for a dribble throw that would not have made it to the plate on time…this play still drops my jaw in awe every time I rewatch it!  

HAPPY 38TH BIRTHDAY, DEREK!

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About Suzanne Bange

A Yankees and baseball fanatic, recently graduated from Springfield College and current resident of Clifton Park, NY. She spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, where, because of the time difference, she stayed up until the early hours of the morning to watch the Yankees on a terrible internet connection. She has previously written for the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs collegiate baseball team, spent a summer doing everything from dancing on the dugout in the mascot suit to selling ticket packages for the Hickory Crawdads, a single-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, and most recently wrote about the Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston Astros short season A affiliate) for Examiner.com. When she is not watching baseball, she enjoys playing all sports, especially basketball, softball, and tennis. She has had a passion for writing about baseball, ever since she found herself as the only girl on the diamond in Little League. Follow on twitter: @SuzanneBange

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002014388947 Sandi Smykowski

    I  am honored to share my birthday with  Derek!!

  • FGHelle

    You write that Jeter is currently in 14th place on the all-time career hit list. That’s a bit premature; he is currently in 15th place with 3,182 (one hit so far tonight). Cal Ripken is in 14th place with 3,184 hits.  Jeter, with 3 more hits, will pass Ripken and take sole possession of 14th place.