Twenty-five years ago this month I took my children to see the Yankees play the Red Sox.
We sat in Row X in the grandstands of the old Yankee Stadium.
It was a Saturday afternoon September 21, 1996.
Like most Yankee-Red Sox games this was a nail biter and actually went into extra innings.
In those day there was on Ghost Runner on second base to start the extra innings but there were plenty of ghosts there nonetheless.
In the bottom of the 10th inning Jeter came up to bat with two out and bases loaded.
Jeter got a single and Boggs scored from third and the Yankees won the game.
Jeter was a rookie but all of the nearly fifty-five thousand baseball fans in attendance probably new that there would be a day when Derek Jeter would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Today is that day.
Fortunately, that day in 1996 was only one of many days that we got to see Derek Jeter earn his way into the Hall.
It wasn’t just what he did in the playoffs and World Series that mattered. He played the same way on a cold Monday night in April as he did on a cold early Thursday morning in November.
He played like a champion.
He always played like a champion.