Fooled you … I’m not talking about the sparkly, flawless gemstones that many, if not all girls, would love to be showered with. I’m talking about the baseball diamond, America’s favorite past time. Don’t stop reading just yet, baseball has its perks. Good looking men in tight pants, cold beer, and stadium food that’s sinfully delicious.
This blog post is a mix of baseball, spring training and one of baseball’s sexiest players and nicest guys … Derek Jeter, captain of the New York Yankees, one of New York’s most eligible bachelors and a true “mensch” both on and off the field.
Spring training 2014 is now in full swing – and teams have clustered in the Valley of the Sun, dubbed the Cactus League (Arizona) and scattered across the coasts and center of the state in the Grapefruit League (Florida). Players aren’t the only ones enjoying the warmth of both Arizona & Florida, fans flock to Spring Training destinations to catch their favorite teams in action and enjoy some R&R.
|the original Yankee Stadium|
While sports like Football & Hockey are much more grueling on the body, they play far less games than Major League Baseball (MLB) players. The NFL (National Football League) plays 16 games a season, the NHL (National Hockey League) 82 games and MLB plays 162 games during their season (all numbers are excluding the post season).
Say what you want about baseball players, but playing 162 games a year, sometimes leaving for their next city straight after a game and often not returning home for days on end (bouncing from one city to another) can take a toll on the body.
Hence leading me to the topic of retirement and why on average a MLB player retires around the age of 32 (according to wiki.answer.com). Although a Philly girl through and through, I grew up a Yankee fan and a diehard Derek Jeter fanatic! Although Jeter has well exceeded the average retirement age (he’s 39), he’s also known for training throughout the year and keeping his body in shape, which helps a player stay in the game they love a bit longer.
Derek Jeter is the final member of the “Core 4,” a nickname given to Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte (pitcher), Jorge Posada (catcher) and Mariano Rivera (pitcher), all New York Yankee players. All four players were drafted or originally signed as Yankees in the early 90’s. Each played together in the minors and made their major league debuts in 1995. All key contributors to the Yankees late 90’s World Series wins (four wins to be exact, in five years).
Jeter announced he will retire after the 2014 season, telling ESPN he’s simply ready to being the second half of his life.
As both a Yankee and Derek Jeter fan, the Bronx Bombers just won’t be the same without him next year. But like all things in life, things change. I look forward to watching the next generation of the “Core 4” take the field and rooting them on to have as a successful career as #2 has had!
The start of the 2014 MLB season will kick off in Sydney, Australia on March 22nd between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks. All other teams will kick off their season on U.S. soil starting March 30th.
Until next time...