Reflections of Derek Jeter — by Dan Marino

By Alfred Santasiere III

November 14, 2014 — While I’m extremely proud of the Derek Jeter Commemorative Edition of Yankees Magazine, I feel that it can be an even more comprehensive publication.

The original version of the DJ Commemorative came out on the first day of Derek Jeter’s final homestand, and in my opinion, it was a masterpiece. However, based on the timing of its publication date, it did not include my feature on Jeter’s final home game or executive editor Ken Derry’s story on the last game of Jeter’s career.

In an effort to include everything we missed from last season, along with a few first-person vignettes that we have collected since the season ended and which we will gather over the next few months, we will be releasing an updated Derek Jeter Commemorative Edition of Yankees Magazine on Opening Day of the 2015 season. All of the content that was in the original version will be in the updated version.

The first interview that I conducted for one of the new vignettes was with Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino. In my conversation with the Hall of Fame quarterback, which took place at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Livingston, New Jersey, the Hall of Fame quarterback spoke about his friendship with Jeter, and he also shared his thoughts on the shortstop’s final game at Yankee Stadium.

Although we’re several months away from printing the updated DJ Commemorative, you can read Marino’s words below.

— Alfred Santasiere III

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Great players relish the opportunity to have the game in their hands. Continually succeeding in those situations makes you better because you’ve proven to yourself that you can come through when it matters most. Derek has come through in those spots more than anyone I can remember. No one can come through in the clutch all the time, but the great ones do it consistently, and that was what Derek did.

Of all of Derek’s late-game heroics, the one that stands out the most to me was his game-winning hit in his last game at Yankee Stadium. It’s hard to describe the range of emotions he must have been feeling that night. Baseball was his love. It was what he grew up playing, and it’s what he did until he was 40 years old. For someone who is such an important part of a team to know that you’re not going to be there any longer is difficult to deal with. But with all of those feelings, Derek still came through at the end, and that was amazing. We all wished for an ending like that because it was perfect.

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