A tribute to Derek Jeter

Future first ballot Hall of Fame baseball player Derek Jeter announced today that 2014 will be his last season. This is a man so well respected that even Red Sox fans won’t be booing him when he plays his last game.

I’m 22 so I don’t really know baseball without Jeter. Baseball was the first sport I ever watched, and the first one I ever loved. I think my life possibly could be completely different without Jeter. I started to like baseball because of him. He was a role model and a great player. I’ve never heard a single player say a bad thing about Jeter. Some fans might hate him because hes on the Yankees, but I just heard even Red Sox fans talking highly of him. If the Red Sox fans respect him, their is no good reason not to like him.

I was six when I first heard about Jeter, he was pretty much the only reason I liked baseball at the time. Without him, I may not have started to like sports for maybe another three years.

Jeter got me into baseball cards which is how I formed most of my baseball and sports knowledge. I would look at those cards so much that they became flashcards and I was studying without even knowing it.

Best of luck to him in retirement, he was the first player in sports I ever admired.

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One of the rarest feats in basketball

Not many active NBA players have won both a NCAA and NBA championship. Here they are.

Jason Terry helped lead Arizona to a championship in 1997. After being drafted tenth overall, he had an alright career, then he got to Dallas and picked up a championship ring in the 2011 NBA Finals.

Nazr Mohammed helped take Kentucky to two NCAA championships in 1996 and 1998. He has been all over the NBA and won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2005.

Richard Hamilton played magnificent for UCONN and for Detroit. In 1999, UCONN beat Duke in the finals to pick up the title. Hamilton was then drafted seventh overall and he hit his stride with the Detroit Pistons and helped lead them to the 2004 NBA championship.

Shane Battier was apart of the Duke team that lost to Hamilton and UCONN. Battier stayed at Duke and picked up a championship in 2001. He was then drafted eighth overall and had an okay NBA career. He eventually won back to back championships as a part of the Miami Heat. Even though he came off the bench, he was a key part of the team.

Corey Brewer helped Florida win back to back national championships in 2006 and 2007.  He starred with Joakim Noah and Al Holford, while Taurean Green and Lee Humphrey were the other Florida starters. Brewer was also a teammate of Jason Terry on the Mavericks when they were champions in 2011.

Mario Chalmers left Kansas right after he won the national championship. Chalmers hit a huge three that is one of the greatest plays in college basketball history. Without his shot, Kansas doesn’t win the game. He was a second round pick and is the point guard of the Miami Heat. Even though Lebron James and Dwayne Wade are on the team, Chalmers had his part in the last two NBA championships.

This is a rare list to be on.