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Jeter’s Last Game At Yankee Stadium

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Bronx, NY – A dark cloudy rainy day with a bit of chill  was not enough keep throngs of fans from lining up to enter the stadium yesterday. The reason, Derek Jeter’s last day playing at Yankee stadium.

Nineteen years ago this young rookie took over the shortstop position and has made that his personal domain for the past 20 seasons. In these past nineteen seasons Jeter had developed into the foundation of the Yankee organization becoming the face of the franchise.

A little rain was not going to keep Yankee fans from seeing Jeter's last game at the stadium. (Photo Latinosports.com)

A little rain was not going to keep Yankee fans from seeing Jeter’s last game at the stadium. (Photo Latinosports.com)

As Captain of the team he provided the players with a leadership that helped keep the team focused on what was happening on field, in the games and not on any outside issues that could of sidetracked the team. His leadership was seen during many periods, but one that stood out to me was when the Yankees signed Alex Rodríguez and the subsequent circus that followed ARod and the team during his tenure.

Jeter led by example and he was always the clutch guy for the key hit, great defensive play, first one out if the dugout congratulating a player, helping a rookie acclimate to their new team.

I personally also saw this Yankee star stop on his tract on his way racing to the field from the dugout on many occasions to sign an autograph for a child waiting for a player to sign.

Derek Jeter has represented the Yankee organization in the same style that the Yankee organization would have wanted, as a top shelf professional.

Jeter's last walk from field to dugout (Photo Yes Network)

Jeter’s last walk from field to dugout (Photo Yes Network)

Throughout his 20 years Derek gave the fans and Yankee organization nothing but the best he had to offer. That is why on this day when the Yankee’s have been eliminated from any playoff contention and have been playing with an anemic offense the stadium looked line if the Yankees were playing in the World Series.  Both, Fans and media wanted to record this last game of a stand up Yankee.

By the way, in the typical Jeter style, he gets the walk off hit in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yankees the victory 6 – 5 over the first place Baltimore Orioles. Derek Jeter has lived his childhood dream.

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About Julio Pabón

Julio is President and Founder of Latino Sports LLC., the parent company of Latinosports.com. Julio is a product of the South Bronx where he still lives and runs his businesses. Julio has written and has been interviewed for numerous publication and networks on sports & political issues. He has been an activist promoting social justice and respect for all communities. He is a recognized motivational speaker, was an adjunct professor of American History and presently volunteer's as a lecturer in local South Bronx High Schools. His primary goal is to make Latinosports.com a multi-facet sports portal that will engender social and economic empowerment to the Latino community.

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