New York Yankee Profile:
by Patrick Austin
Austin is a freelance writer who covers sports for a number
of web sites including RealGM.com, Hoopsworld.com, and Fanstop.com.
He currently also covers entertainment and sports for Vainquer
Derek Jeter epitomizes New York Yankee baseball. Incredibly polite,
Jeter has become a beloved superstar in a city that can be difficult
for athletes, but is the greatest place in the world for winners.
Jeters most positive attribute is that he comes up big in
the most crucial of moments. If the Yankees are playing in a big
game, expect Derek to produce.
Derek Jeter was born in New Jersey, but was discovered
in Kalamazoo Michigan where he became one of the nation's most
sought-after high school baseball players. Jeter was recruited
by almost every major college, but instead chose to sign with
the Yankees after being drafted in his senior year of high school.
Jeter supported the Yankees' decision to make him their
first round pick by winning the minor league Player of the Year
award. He hit .344 in the minor leagues, which had the Yankees
eager to get him in the lineup.
Jeter first donned the New York Yankee pinstripes in 1995,
and then became their everyday shortstop in 1996. Jeter became
the first Yankee rookie since 1962 to start at shortstop. He wasn't
intimidated by the bright lights, hitting .314 and helping lead
the Yankees to the World Series championship. To top it all off,
he won the Rookie of the Year award. DJ was already a New York
Yankee sensation. His youth, good looks, and success captured
the interest of fans and non-fans. Though Jeter was just getting
started. In 1998, he was named to his first All-Star team. He
played solid in the field and was dangerous at the plate, Jeter
developed more power by 1999. As the Yankees sought their second
straight Series title and third in four years, Jeter hit .348
but also smashed a career high 24 home runs, 102 RBI and an amazing
slugging percentage of .552. The New York Yankee club house was
his domain and everyone followed his lead.
In 2000, Jeter was again amazing. He was the All Star
game MVP and played some of his best baseball in the post-season.
Derek continued his streak of errorless play at shortstop and
his hitting was a big factor in another New York Yankee championship.
Hes the first player in major league history to win both
the All Star and World Series MVP trophies in the same season.
Jeter remains a bachelor and lives in Tampa, Florida during
the off-season. But enjoys the New York nightlife during the baseball
season, often being seen at trendy nightspots with a plethora
of supermodels by his side. DJ has certainly become a New York
Yankee icon. He thrives on pressure with a competitive nature
second to none. He's been a major contributor to the New York
Yankee success and incredible string of post-season victories.
When all is said and done, Derek Jeter will be added to the New
York Yankee pantheon that includes the likes of Joe DiMaggio and
If youd like to find more information about Derek Jeter
and New York Yankee baseball, here are some good links
Jeter--New York Yankee Profile
New York Yankee web site profile of Derek Jeter