It's Derek Jeter's 41st birthday, so let's celebrate with his greatest (and weirdest) off-field moments
In news that will undoubtedly make you feel just a little bit older, Derek Jeter turns 41 today. He's got one of the most spectacular highlight reels in the history of the game -- clips that will be passed on for generations. But while his on-field legacy, at this point, is probably etched into your brain -- over 3,000 hits, five World Series rings, 14 All-Star Games, two mesmerizing dimples, infinite levels of #clutch -- they don't quite capture just how significant an athlete No. 2 was beyond the pinstripes.
And so, in the name of institutional memory, we humbly undertake a compilation of some of the Captain's finest off-field moments. We laughed, we cried, we were occasionally confused as to just what we were watching. Here's to you, Jeets.
That time he wore a dress on "Saturday Night Live"
Dec. 1, 2001 -- a day that a nation could not unsee. Somewhat surprisingly, this was Jeter's first time hosting "SNL," and boy, did he make it count. After an opening monologue in which he began mercilessly pelting (fake) crowd members with line drives, Jeter and fellow Yankees David Cone and David Wells pretended to be wives of the Yankees. They dove deeply into the role:
Fully recovered? Great. Moving on.
That time George Costanza taught him a thing or two about hitting
After Jeter helped the '96 Yankees bring the Bronx its first World Series title in almost 20 years, he and center fielder Bernie Williams showed up on "Seinfeld", feeling pretty good about themselves. They were quickly disabused of that notion by one George L. Constanza, who reminded them that winning the World Series was nice, but not if it took you six whole games:
That time he and Mark Teixeira inexplicably made their own version of "Between Two Ferns"
I mean, that just about says it all. You're welcome:
That time Jimmy Fallon wrote him a bunch of walk-up songs
Jeter's always been introduced by the voice of Yankee Stadium and/or God, Bob Shepard, but he's played around with a number of walk-up songs over the years. So, "The Tonight Show" offered up some suggestions. We're partial to the death metal rendition, if only because Fallon is unintentionally doing a killer Barney impression:
The Roots' version is fine too, we guess.
That time he posed in the greatest photo ever taken
From left, in a 1997 Sports Illustrated story on the rise of young shortstops: Alex Gonzalez, Edgar Renteria, Alex Rodriguez, Rey Ordonez and Derek Jeter.
OK, we couldn't help it. But, seriously, it's been 15 years and this still doesn't make any sense:
Happy birthday, Cap, and may your 42nd year on Earth bring you all the sumo wrestling you desire.
(Any and all questions/comments/concerns/haters can be referred to Larry David (warning: NSFW), founder and president of the Derek Jeter Clutchness Appreciation Society.)