Baseball fans across the nation have been piling into ballparks to get one last glimpse of the New York Yankees’ iconic shortstop Derek Jeter. Such was the case at Sunday’s game, although this fan may have a retirement tour of his own in the coming years.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his brother (New York Giants quarterback) Eli Manning stopped by Yankee Stadium on Sunday. They took in batting practice before heading to the suite of the Yankees captain to take in the ballgame (a 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays).
"He's a couple of years older than me," the elder Manning said of Jeter. "But we've pretty much been professionals at the same time. I wanted to pay my respects and see him play for the last time."
Jeter announced prior to the start of this season that it would be his last in Major League Baseball. The 39-year-old shortstop went 0-for-4 on Sunday, dropping his batting average on the season to .240. Jeter did pass Paul Molitor last month for eight on MLB’s all-time hits list.
"I'm sad to see some of these guys retiring. I'm not far behind, but I'm glad to be able to do it," said Manning. "I hope I know when the right time is. I know that was a hard decision for Derek. I know it'll be hard for me, but I can tell he's at peace with it and he's enjoying this season."
As for Manning, he is preparing to enter his third season with the Denver Broncos. The 38-year-old quarterback was named the NFL’s MVP after throwing for a NFL single season record 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdowns. As for Manning, he did not seem quite ready to throw in the towel on his career just yet.
"As long as I'm still enjoying the preparation part of it," he said. "As long as I can still produce and help a team…I don't want to just be out there hanging on, then I'm gonna keep doing it."