It's been five years since #2 has been back home at The Stadium. Things have certainly been tumultuous for the Hall of Fame shortstop over the last month, following his resignation as President of the Miami Marlins. However, some home cookin' in September will probably make things a little better.
February 28th is not the date that baseball executives resign from their positions without some deep, even drastic reasons. Baseball lifers, like New York Yankees Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter are anxiously anticipating the start of season, not dreading it. So, why did Derek Jeter walk away from his CEO position and 4% ownership stake from the Miami Marlins? Could it have been a result on the Marlins' small market ownership stance on the Major League Baseball lockout? Could Derek Jeter's player DNA gotten the best of him during the tense negotiations?
As Yankees legendary shortstop Derek Jeter tells it, in the spring of 1992 Williams stood up for, a then 19-year-old, Jeter against an older veteran infielder that was hazing the newcomer. Jeter said that Williams 'saved' him. That moment cemented a life-long friendship. On Monday, it was Jeter that made the announcement of Gerald Williams passing on Twitter.
On Thursday afternoon, former New York Mets and New York Yankees all-star Darryl Strawberry jumped on The Drive with Charlie & Dan. Strawberry just wrote a new book, "Turn Your Season Around: How God Transforms Your Life." Darryl is now an ordained minister and has written several best selling books about his struggles with fame and addiction. He has been open and honest about his struggles in the past and he was definitely that way on The Drive.
One of the greatest Yankees of all-time played for the Albany-Colonie Yankees in 1994. This isn't news for many locals, especially those that take advantage of the minor league baseball in the Capital Region. Before the ValleyCats were sending waves of Astros to the big leagues, the Albany-Colonie Yankees were supplying new recruits to the Bronx Bombers like Bernie Williams, Al Leiter, Deion Sanders, Roberto Kelly and Jim Leyritz to name just a few. However, without question, the greatest being Derek Jeter.
On Wednesday, one of the all-time great Yankees (and one of the all-time greats period) will finally get inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
How many of you remember way back in the day, when the great Derek Jeter had a nice little run playing ball right in our backyard...