Imagine attending, say, your favorite musician’s farewell concert and all of a sudden comes a brand new, legendary hit.
Or you need not imagine it. You can just rewatch Derek Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium.
Jeter, the beloved Yankees captain and shortstop, will learn officially on Tuesday that he has been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, in his first year on the ballot. The only remaining suspense concerns whether he will follow longtime teammate Mariano Rivera to become the second unanimous selection ever by the writers. To date, as per the aggregation of Ryan Thibodaux (@NotMrTibbs on Twitter), every publicly disclosed vote has included a checkmark next to Jeter’s name.
Tuesday’s news will generate another round of appreciation for Jeter, now the Marlins’ CEO, and his playing greatness, which included not only Hall of Fame numbers (3,465 hits, sixth all time; and 1,923 runs, 10th all time in modern ball) but a plethora of Hall of Fame moments. The very last one occurred long after the flip play, the “Mr. November” walk-off homer or Jeffrey Maier’s unscheduled moment of glory — which…