The New York Yankees are one of the most popular, and also one of the most despised baseball teams in the country. The popularity is due to their outstanding team, and the strength and competitive force they’ve been throughout their history. They have an enormous and loyal fan base. Their strength and solid record is also the reason they are not liked by many people who favor an opposing team. They strong history and record make them a threat to any team in any game. Sports tickets to their games are popular commodities and quick sells in New York.
The Yankees have many players that are local and national celebrities. This often occurs in various sports teams that themselves standout, and have star players who achieve national recognition and fame. They become mainstream icons, in addition to their great efforts on the field. Derek Jeter is one of these figures and a major player for the Yankees. He is an amazing shortstop, hitter and also the team captain. His statistics through 2008 places him as the 5th highest in lifetime batting averages throughout the history of all active baseball players.
Jeter was born in 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey. It is interesting that as a child he would spend his summers with his grandparents who would take him and his sister to the Yankees’ games. This contributed greatly to his love of the game and also established the Yankees as his favorite team. He showed an early talent for baseball and by the time he was in high school he was already recognized as a star player. In 2003 he was inducted into his school’s, The Kalamazoo Central High, Athletic Hall of Fame. He has since received great honors, recognition and fame. He became the only player to win both the All-Star Game MVP and the World Series MVP in the same year in 2000.