Derek Jeter took a slight jab on the lone baseball author who did not vote for him to get into the Corridor of Fame unanimously throughout his speech on the induction ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.
Jeter began his induction ceremony speech by telling the viewers he was struggling to write down what he needed to say till he informed himself to “write simply how you are feeling.” He nonetheless gave the impression to be perturbed over receiving 99.7% of the vote from writers in 2020.
He congratulated Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and the late Marvin Miller on entering into Cooperstown with him after which thanked the baseball writers.
“… All however certainly one of you who voted for me,” Jeter stated with a smile as he acquired cheers from the viewers who packed the grass and sat by way of a gentle drizzle to listen to “The Captain” communicate.
The author who didn’t vote for Jeter has by no means been revealed. Mariano Rivera was the one participant to get 100% of the vote to be inducted into the Baseball Corridor of Fame.
Jeter spoke of two memorable moments throughout his profession that stood out for him. Not “The Flip” or hitting a game-winning dwelling run within the 2001 World Collection. And never the 5 World Collection championships he received with the New York Yankees.
He pointed to assembly Rachel Robinson, the spouse of Jackie Robinson, and Hank Aaron.
“These two moments particularly is after I realized that it’s greater than only a sport in a way. The best folks and gamers on this sport, the Corridor of Fame household, they’re watching. I needed their approval. Throughout my profession, I needed to make Mrs. Robinson proud. I needed to make Hank Aaron proud. I wish to make all you behind me proud. Not as statistics, pleased with how I performed the sport. How I carried myself and the way I revered the sport and people earlier than and after me,” Jeter stated.
Jeter thanked loads of members of the Yankees groups he was with throughout his 20-year profession, together with Corridor of Famer Joe Torre, Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada and “The Boss” George Steinbrenner.
He concluded by thanking Yankees followers for all they did to assist him by way of the great and dangerous occasions he performed in pinstripes.
“There was just one factor in my life I needed to be … and that was shortstop for the New York Yankees,” he stated. “Now, I’m a Yankee ceaselessly. With out query, you helped me get right here at the moment as a lot as any particular person who I’ve talked about. You’ll be able to’t be fooled. You’re passionate, you’re loyal, educated, vocal, difficult and supporting.
“There’s an enormous duty that comes with carrying a Yankee uniform. Simply ‘cus you’ve it on doesn’t assure you something. You must earn it. You demanded I earn it each single day whether or not it was throughout the season or within the offseason. I felt as if I used to be representing you and I used to be representing all of New York. I did that in the absolute best approach I knew how and I needed to show to you I belonged. You stored pushing me to show it time and again. I used to be at all times most comfy on the sphere, particularly at Yankee Stadium enjoying in entrance of you, and I needed you to have the ability to depend on me. To at the present time, particularly proper now on this second, I nonetheless characterize you. And it’s been one of many best honors of my life.”