We must admit that we are probably not as caught up in sports as some people are. Granted we enjoy watching both professional and college football and are currently attempting to develop a like of college basketball. We have also watched some of the 2014 Olympics but we must admit that given the nature of some of the sports we tend to find ourselves watching various events holding our breath while waiting for the other ski to fall, as it were. Nonetheless, we took great notice of the fact that Yankees short stop Derek Jeter will retire at the end of 2014.
Normally we pay little attention to baseball news. However, over the years Derek Jeter has been brought to our attention more than once. Our first encounter with the short stop was in the form of a life size cutout of the famed short stop which was in the possession of our long time neighbor, Ann Rath. When we asked who the Yankees player gracing her room was, she showed great surprise as she explained it was Derek Jeter.
Now we can understand that as a long time Yankees fan, Ann would have been enamored with Jeter. However, when we attended a high school class reunion a number of years ago now, we were puzzled as to why some fellow classmates were excited to learn we lived in Cooperstown, announcing they fully intended to attend Derek Jeter’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Up until then, our experience with Michigan baseball fans when it came to the Yankees was less then positive.
When we asked why these fellow classmates would want to be in Cooperstown for Jeter’s induction, we were told, rather indignantly, that Jeter, like those of us at the reunion, had graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School. That was news to us. It was not something of which Ann Rath had informed us. But we certainly know it now.