From the months of April to July in 2011, his path to immortality was the underlying backdrop to every New York Yankee game. On a scorching Saturday afternoon in July, his solo home run solidified his eventual entrance into Cooperstown after achieving the 3,000-hit plateau. Of course, Derek Jeter won't need that cute number next to his name to reach the Hall of Fame, but it certainly can't hurt.
This year, the hoopla about hit numbers will sharply regress surrounding the shortstop. Sure, he’ll get a few extra microphones stuck in his face when he approaches the figures of Dave Winfield and Tony Gwynn, who are next on the list. But overall, this year’s spring training will be business as usual.
There is no denying that all of us are getting older and obviously, Derek Jeter is no exception to the rule. Entering his 18th season in the league, Jeter sports a body that has seen over 37 years of action.
As an athlete creeps closer to twilight of their career, it becomes difficult to accurately predict their on-the-field results. Moving ever so closely towards the age of 40, what exactly can we expect from “The Captain” in 2012?