Let me start off by saying that I am NOT a New York Yankees fan. Not even close. I grew up in Maine and watched my beloved Boston Red Sox get pummeled by the Yankees year after year. My youth is filled with bitter memories of the Bronx Bombers “stealing” away our best players only to strengthen their already strong ranks!
All that being said, I can’t help but respect the legacy that Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter is leaving behind. 20 years with the same team, five world series rings, Yankees’ all-time career leader in hits (3,363), games played (2,645), stolen bases (349), and at bats (10,786), thirteen All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, a Roberto Clemente Award and he is the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop. (There are a lot more accolades but it causes me nausea to write them all down so just head to his WIKIPEDIA page like I did and see the rest.) The only thing that could make this list MORE impressive is if he had done it as a Boston Red Sox shortstop.
Poster Posse member Robert Bruno’s main passion is sports. He is an active participant and given that he grew up in NYC, it’s safe to say he adores everything Jeter has ever done…are really….why wouldn’t he. As an homage to Jeter’s 20 years of service to the boys in blue and white pinstripes, Robert has done 3 distinct image of Jeter.
We reached out to Bruno to get his word about Jeter and here is what he had to say.
‘Derek Jeter is one of those rare athletes that only comes along once every so often. He has been the most beloved athlete in New York for over two decades and unlike the majority of pro sports players, has stayed with one team for his entire career.’ Aside from leading the Yankees to 5 World Series Titles, Derek also holds virtually every Yankee stat record and has amassed an incredible 3,400 hits and counting!
I knew I wanted to do several pieces when starting this project. I choose one of Dereks classic ‘Inside Out’ batting stances, a portrait showcasing his well known smile, and his signature defensive jump throw. Congrats to Jeter on an incredible career with the Yankees and the best of luck in his future endeavors, he will will be truly missed.’
I’d LOVE to disagree with Bruno on this but he is right, the guy absolutely LOVED the game, played it to the best of his ability for 20 years and has proven himself worth of the love of baseball fans everywhere….even a guy who may have been cursing him for the past 20 years.
Follow Robert Bruno on TWITTER and FACEBOOK and be sure to check out his newly updated WEBSITE to see more of his incredible work. It seems only fitting that I now end this article with three simple words…..
“GO RED SOX!” There…. I feel better already.