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Derek Jeter's Special Tribute

As Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter approached 3,000 hits, he couldn't help but get nostalgic, or even a little sentimental. Whenever we accomplish a goal or realize a dream, our thoughts inevitably return to our youth. To times spent with parents and grandparents, to instances when we were sure what we would be when we grew up, and to moments of profound advice given by a loved one.

For Jeter, those moments won’t just be on his mind. He’ll be wearing them every second he is on the field.

As a child, Jeter’s parents would require him to sign “contracts” in order to participate in sports. He would have to keep his grades up, work hard, complete his chores, and so on. Those contracts taught Jeter that everything worthwhile in life demands hard work and dedication. The lessons he learned through his parents, and specifically through the contracts, have enabled him to achieve all that he has. They have allowed him to be where he found himself today: standing on the precipice of history.

In order to honor his parents and to honor the promises he made all of those years ago, Jeter went to Nike with a special request . His game cleats that he whore for his 3,000-hit milestone included one very special feature. The insoles are actually copies of those contracts. It is a very unique way to pay tribute to his parents.

As an Oriole fan, you are brought up to dislike the Yankees as rivals. But today, I found myself rooting for their Captain. Derek Jeter has always been one of the most respected, professional ballplayers of his generation. To see him accomplish this most hallowed achievement makes me feel privileged to have watched, and rooted against him, for as long as I have.

Congratulations, Mr. Jeter.

As Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter approached 3,000 hits, he couldn't help but get nostalgic, or even a little sentimental. Whenever we accomplish a goal or realize a dream, our thoughts inevitably return to our youth. To times spent with parents and grandparents, to instances when we were sure what we would be when we grew up, and to moments of profound advice given by a loved one.

For Jeter, those moments won’t just be on his mind. He’ll be wearing them every second he is on the field.

As a child, Jeter’s parents would require him to sign “contracts” in order to participate in sports. He would have to keep his grades up, work hard, complete his chores, and so on. Those contracts taught Jeter that everything worthwhile in life demands hard work and dedication. The lessons he learned through his parents, and specifically through the contracts, have enabled him to achieve all that he has. They have allowed him to be where he found himself today: standing on the precipice of history.

In order to honor his parents and to honor the promises he made all of those years ago, Jeter went to Nike with a special request . His game cleats that he whore for his 3,000-hit milestone included one very special feature. The insoles are actually copies of those contracts. It is a very unique way to pay tribute to his parents.

As an Oriole fan, you are brought up to dislike the Yankees as rivals. But today, I found myself rooting for their Captain. Derek Jeter has always been one of the most respected, professional ballplayers of his generation. To see him accomplish this most hallowed achievement makes me feel privileged to have watched, and rooted against him, for as long as I have.

Congratulations, Mr. Jeter.