I guess this is actually going to happen, like, right now, huh?
Magic Johnson is the gold standard for post-athletic-career success, and it took him over twenty years just to become part of an ownership group for a team outside his own sport. Derek Jeter is barely two and half years removed from retirement and already owns a team. I know it’s not that simple. There are a myriad of factors and decisions and such that go into it. And I know he doesn’t technically own it yet. But at the end of the day, Derek Jeter jumped from player to owner in two and half years. We haven’t even had Derek Jeter Day yet at the stadium! Think about that. His number isn’t even retired yet! There are people who still haven’t come to grips with the fact that Jeter isn’t the shortstop of the Yankees and he’s about to own another franchise. That’s absolutely wild.
As far as the people freaking out that Derek Jeter is now part of another franchise, I just don’t see what gripe you can have here. Derek Jeter has always wanted to own a franchise, and the Steinbrenner’s will never sell the Yankees. There’s really nothing else to say there. I don’t think it’s worth wasting words on anyone who would begrudge a person for taking this opportunity – let alone Derek Sanderson Jeter, who arguably gave as much to a franchise as any single athlete in the history of sports. Jeter gave his life to the Yankees, retired, had no possible path to chasing his post-retirement dreams with the Yankees… so he chose the next best path. There’s nothing to begrudge Jeter for here… or ever. He’s Derek Jeter.
P.S. When you probably put up the majority of the money but nobody cares
P.P.S. There’s an old quote from the well known New York philosopher Jadakiss that goes:
“Gangstas don’t die they get chubby and move to Miami”
And as far as I’m concerned, this is as perfect a New York move as there’s ever been.