Reflections of Derek Jeter — by David Ortiz
August 21, 2014 – Earlier this month, I traveled to Boston to interview Red Sox star David Ortiz for one of the many first-person vignettes on Derek Jeter that will appear in the September Issue of Yankees Magazine.
In the interview, which took place along the first base line at Fenway Park, Big Papi’s respect for his long-time rival on the field was notable.
Below are Ortiz’ words about Jeter as they will appear in the September edition – dedicated to the Yankees captain.
Alfred Santasiere III
I don’t think there’s a human being on earth who has something against Derek. It’s nearly impossible to reach that type of level of respect. It’s hard to be that perfect.
When I watch Derek walk up to the plate, I take notice of his body language and his swagger. It’s unique. I have tried to be like him, to exude confidence like him and to carry myself the way he has.
He’s had a longer prime than any other player I’ve been around. Most players are in the prime of their careers for about five years, but Derek has been in his prime for about 15. He’s been the Hercules of our sport, and he should get voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame unanimously.
I’m glad I’m going out right after him because I’m going to miss him when we play the Yankees. I’ve enjoyed competing against him. I’m going to miss getting to second base and saying, “DJ, what’s up?” He has always had something funny to say, and he’s done it without ever cracking a smile.