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Derek Jeter: A Legacy of Greatness

As New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter completes his last home game this week, the void that he’ll leave behind will be impossible to fill.

Jeter has embodied Greatness in his poise, leadership and hard work throughout twenty seasons in Major League Baseball, and after his final game, professional sports will have lost an icon.

Jeter’s sendoff is bittersweet. With the sporting world currently saturated with one scandal after another, Jeter is a polar opposite to what we have come to expect from professional athletes. What are the odds that an athlete can play a sport at the highest level, starting at just nineteen years old–in the Greatest media market in the world–and have such a legendary career without scandal?

We can thank his parents for that.

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Realizing a Great Ending

Very rarely does a person get the opportunity to write the final chapter to his or her own fairytale, but New York Yankees Hall of Fame shoo-in Mariano Rivera (recently featured in Sports Illustrated) is in the process of doing just that.

He’s without question Major League Baseball’s most prolific closer, and this month his career comes to a close—but on his own terms.  More than 1,100 games played, more than 1,100 strikeouts, 657 career saves, and 5 World Series Championships are part of a resume that Cooperstown will welcome with open arms.

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Derek Jeter

“When All Else Fails…”
The truly Great know how — and when — to adjust their game plan.

So this is why you should never ask me for sports betting tips — and why I’m not making a living in Las Vegas! A couple of months ago as I was planning this month’s Greatness newsletter, I wanted it to coincide with last night’s opening game of the World Series. And I was SURE that, given the way they were playing heading into the playoffs, the New York Yankees would be in the Fall Classic representing the American League [please forgive me fans of the Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, and Texas Rangers!].

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Don Yaeger is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated, 11-time New York Times best-selling author, leadership expert and executive coach.

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