Just as he did on Wednesday night, Derek Jeter exuded the same patience, grit, and class that brought him all the way to Lou Gehrig's record to break it in the 3rd inning. After taking the first 2 pitches for balls, Jeter hit a fastball down the middle right down the right field line in what has become an all too familiar sight for Yankee fans and opposing pitchers.
To quote Will Ferrell quoting James Lipton, "Simply stunning."
Then, in typical Jeter fashion, Derek appeared almost embarrassed as he stood on first base acknowledging the roar from the crowd, taking time to wave his helmet at all corners of the stadium and single out his family sitting in their private seats, something America's favorite athlete, Michael Jordan, almost forgot to do at his Hall of Fame induction last night.
Best of all, when Jeter's teammates all came out to congratulate him, you could tell there was nothing contrived or forced about it. Despite the bland public persona that he portrays in the media, Jeter's teammates all know what he's really like and all know the kind of guy he is. You can't help but love playing with a guy like that, and you can't help rooting for a guy like that.