An all-time great Yankee and now Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter had a nice little run playing ball right in our backyard. I got chills when I saw this cool picture (possibly as a teenager) of the Captain wearing an AC Yankees jersey with 'Albany' proudly stitched across the chest.

It's crazy when you think about the things associated with Derek Jeter throughout his illustrious career with the New York Yankees.  The Captain, #2, a million clutch hits, Mr. November, all the championships, unforgettable game-saving defensive gems, supermodels, superstar status, and now, baseball immortality as he was voted into the Hall Of Fame.  What's even crazier, is that before any of that, he spent most of the summer of 1994 playing in our hometown and even celebrating his 20th birthday in the Capital Region.  Where does time go? This photograph is more than 25 years old and Jeter's whole life is ahead of him, but the only thing he's thinking about is following the next pitch...laser focused, ready to strike if the ball is hit anywhere near him.

Derek Jeter will always be one of my all-time favorite Yankees.  Don Mattingly, Mike Pagliarulo, Paul O'Neill and Derek Jeter...that's my list.  I got chills when I saw this.  Shoutout to Albanyarchives on Instagram for digging it up and posting it.

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