Cooperstown, New York-Derek Jeter is simply Derek Jeter on his special day-as smooth as silk.
On a cloudy Wednesday afternoon, with fans chanting his name, the former New York Yankees star shortstop and captain was selected into the Baseball Hall of Fame after a long wait due to the pandemic.
In the crowd including NBA celebrities Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing, several of his former teammates, and the Hall of Fame Yankees manager Joe Torre on the stage behind him, they were greeted by boisterous cheers, Jie After the class of 2020 graduate Ted appeared on stage Simmons, Larry Walker and the late Marvin Miller received honors. Jett was moved by this moment and admitted how different the ceremony looked after the recent deaths of 10 Hall of Famers.
He said: “I am honored to be selected with you and to be with you forever.” “The Hall of Fame is special because of the people in it. In the past 20 months, we have lost too many Hall of Fame members. These Hall of Fame members would have been or might be here, so for this reason it’s not the same.”
The same is the admiration shown by the fans, who always marvel at his consistency.
Tribute to fans
“I have a goal in my career, and that is to win more victories than others. We did it. This made me see the Yankees fans,” Jett said when the fans broke out again. “There is no doubt that you helped me get here today, just like anyone I mentioned.”
He owes most of the credit to his parents, who sat in the audience with Jeter’s wife Hannah and their two young daughters.
“Mom, you taught me that as long as you work harder than others, any dream can be realized. You delve into my mind over and over again to make me believe it,” Jett said. “You told me never to make excuses, you don’t allow me to use the word’can’t’. Dad, you have always been a rational voice. You taught me to be patient and listen and think before I speak. You are always there to seek Suggestion, until today you were the first person I went to. I know when I retired, you said you played every game with me, and I know you remember to tell me from time to time, “You’ve been building your resume. “Look where it took us today.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony was postponed for a year, but it was not important to Walker, who was the second Canadian to be elected to the Hall of Fame. He gave up hockey at the age of 16, focusing on baseball. In a brilliant career in Montreal, Colorado and St. Louis, he was selected in the writer’s ballot in the 10th and final year, which included 383 home runs and three batting champions.
‘Go to pursue those dreams’
“It takes longer to reach this day [but] Walker, who retired in 2005, said: “Thank you for all the support you have received from my home country over the years. I share this honor with every Canadian. I hope all of you Canadian children who have dreams of playing in Canada will see here today. My big league gives you another reason to pursue these dreams. To my adoptive home, America, I thank you for allowing this Canadian kid to come to your country to live and play your great pastime. I think we are all lucky to be able to stand together. Own two great countries.”
The 72-year-old Simmons played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves for 21 years. He interrupted his speech in a speech and thanked the four free agent pioneers-Kurt Vlad , Catfish Hunter, Andy Messersmith and Marvin Miller-“They changed the lives of every player on this stage today by pushing the boundaries of player rights.”
“From my time to the present and future, Marvin Miller has created so many possibilities for every major league player,” the former catcher said. “I am extremely proud to be able to enter this hall with this great man. Even if my path has gone further, I will not change anything. No matter how we get here, none of us will arrive. I am no exception. .”
Changed the game
Miller changed the baseball game of the labor front by establishing a strong player union and led the free agency market in the mid-1970s. He was honored after his death. Four years before his death at the age of 95 in 2012, Miller respectfully requested that he be removed from the Hall of Fame list after being ignored several times.
“One of the things the union leaders learned to do is how to count votes in advance. Whenever I look at the situation I am facing, it is clear to me that this will not happen,” Miller, the head of Major League Baseball, from 1966 By 1983 the Players Association wrote in 2008. “If I’m alive, I won’t have induction. If they keep trying, my family will be prepared to deal with this.”
No family members. Instead, Don Phil, who was hired by Miller as the general counsel of the union in 1977 and succeeded him eight years later, won the honor.
“Among all the players I have the honor to represent, I want to thank you, Marvin,” said Fair, who is now the president of the National Hockey League Players Association. “After you took office, baseball is different from before. It is better for everyone. You brought the best of us, and you made us proud.”
The virus forced the Hall of Fame to cancel last year’s awards ceremony. This year’s awards ceremony moved from its usual position on a Sunday in late July to a mid-week date.