I've had the pleasure of seeing many of the best baseball players ply their craft over the last 50 years. One of those players, Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter announced yesterday that he will hang it up after this coming season. Jeter, once at the top of the heap, has seen his game deteriorate over the last few seasons. Injuries and age have taken their toll. It happens to everyone. Very few athletes go out on top. The trick for a fan is to realize and savor when you are watching the great players, knowing that eventually it will come to an end. You could be going to a meaningless August game but it could be the last time one of the great players in history will take the field. As a Red Sox fan I was conditioned to hate all things Yankee. Could not bring myself to think about any member of the 'evil empire' as anything but loathsome. Of course in recent years the Yankees have not been very good and its been easier to treat them with less contempt than in the past. In the past I thought Jeter was just another arrogant member of the team. I was wrong. Jeter played the game with grace, skill & fire. He stayed out of trouble off the field and exemplfied true professionalism on it. May he enjoy and savor his last season and may we, as fans do the same.
The Jeter Farewell Tour comes to Miller Park May 9-11.
At the Olympics, the mens hockey competition begins today. The US takes on Slovakia.
The Badger mens basketball team will try to keep it going tonight and get a little revenge on teh Golden Gophers at the Kohl Center. You can hear the game on WSAU at 7.
I'll be in Wisconsin Rapids for high school hockey as East will face Rapids. With a win, the Raiders can keep their hopes for a piece of the Valley title. They need to win and need Stevens Point to beat Wausau West. I'll have the game live at 6:45 followed by DC Everest vs Merrill in hockey action on Foxsports Radio AM1390 & FM 93.9.
Songs Of The Day (from my I-pod) Happy Birthday to Peter Tork of the Monkees he's 72
Shades of Grey-Monkees (1967) a Barry Mann & Cynthia Weill tune from the Headquarters album which was the first where the band played their own instruments. Davy & Peter share lead vocals
Your Auntie Grizelda-Monkees (1967) the first song released by the band that featured Peter on vocals