Irreplaceable

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Today, my entire life flashed before my eyes as Derek Jeter announced that after the 2014 season he will be retiring.  I’m not being overly dramatic when I say I’m devastated.  I cried for a good portion of the day today, and I have no shame in admitting to that.

I am aware that he’s getting older, but as far as I’m concerned he’s invincible.  I really cannot even put into words how heartbroken I am because of this.

I know what you’re thinking… “You just think he’s hot and that’s why you’re upset.”  But no, Derek Jeter is more than just a gorgeous face to me.  He’s what I have grown up watching as a representation of baseball and the Yankees.  He has always been the first thought whenever I think of the game I love so much. Jeter has been the name across the back of shirts, jerseys, and backpacks as I grew up, and yes I sported them too (obviously).  Jeter and the Yankees have been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember.  Baseball is more than just a game to me, it has been a stable element in my life when I felt the world was weighing on my shoulders.  So Jeter playing the game has almost been a sense of comfort throughout the years.

Having read his book, “The Life You Imagine,” and knowing all that I do about him and watching him since he came up in the majors, he is just an incredible human being.  His work ethic is incredible, his determination is admiral, his perspective is fantastic, his skill and pure talent is impressive, and the respect he has for the game and the pinstripes is untouchable.  He is truly irreplaceable.

I really thought he was going to play forever, reality has just set in, and it’s a rough one.  Derek Jeter.  Captain Clutch.  Mr. November.  Forever my favorite.  Forever a Yankee.

The Yankees chase for 28 just became real.  Let’s go boys, do it for the Captain!

And a special thank you to everyone who has been texting, tweeting, and calling me making sure that I’m okay.  Your concern for my well being after an announcement such as this is much appreciated.