Like any good publisher of content, Derek Jeter allowed his wife, Hannah, to write 1,000 words on The Players Tribune about how great he is while also announcing the couple are expecting their first child.
That piece of information is buried at the bottom of this thing after anecdotes about their competing levels of fame, how she has totally never heard of him before they met and how she was “reconciling” him having so many adoring fans. Unlike Jeter at shortstop, this piece was very wide-ranging.
As for the baby stuff:
He already has a name in mind — he’s set on it. (We’ll see.) He’ll say when he calls me during the day:
“So, how are you and so-and-so doing?”
“That’s not the name yet, sweetie.”
Whatever her name is, I know she’ll run circles around him.
Kudos to Hannah for also pointing out Derek can’t move laterally. She also said: “We want our kids’ lives to be as ‘normal’ as possible.” And we all know the best way to give a child the most normal life possible is to start by writing 1,000 words about it before it’s born on a widely read web site.
Here’s some more because why not?
Still, though, I want them to know Derek Jeter. I feel some sadness — and Derek must as well — thinking about how our children will never get to experience that time in his life. We can show them videos, and photos, and memorabilia — I already can’t wait to show them footage of that last night at the Stadium. But I know it won’t be quite the same. I’ll tell them myself: You had to be there.
“You had to be there.” Yes, this is how having children and the linear nature of time have co-existed for eternity. And to be clear, Hannah only paid attention to Derek’s last two seasons, so the whole thing about not experiencing his best years goes for her too. So her “You had to be there” will be followed by “to see him go nearly an entire season batting second with a sub-.300 OBP.”
And I’m pretty sure when the kids watch the videos of Derek’s prime, they’ll wonder what the big deal was.
“Weren’t Tino and Paul and Bernie and Mariano and Posada and Clemens and Pettitte more important to the Yankees dynasty than some light-hitting shortstop with minimal range?”
“You go to your room and you’re not allowed out of our castle for the rest of the weekend!”