Yankees, famous friends, honor Derek Jeter with his own special day

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was honored for his exemplary career on Sunday.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was honored for his exemplary career on Sunday.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Sunday, September 7 was a busy sports day with the majority of the NFL regular season opening games, the women’s U.S. Open, and the WNBA Finals beginning. It was also Derek Jeter Day in the Bronx, with the New York Yankees hosting the Kansas City Royals in the closing weeks of the MLB regular season.

Jeter was surrounded by several big names in sports as he was honored on Sunday

Jeter was surrounded by several big names in sports as he was honored on Sunday

Jeter’s star-studded ceremony featured MLB Hall of Famers Cal Ripken, Jr., Dave Winfield, and Joe Torre. Some of Jeter’s former Yankees teammates that were present were Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui, David Cone, Bernie Williams, and Mariano Rivera. Torre shared, “Somebody asked me to use one word to describe him, I said trustworthy.”

Jeter has been a fan favorite since he was called up to join the team in 1995.

Jeter has been a fan favorite since he was called up to join the team in 1995.

Jeter’s current teammates surprised him by not joining him on the field at the beginning of the game, allowing the Yankees Captain to have one last chance to be cheered by the fans before the game began. Jeter said of the gesture by his teammates, “My first thought was that I had run out there too early. I appreciate my teammates doing that for me.”

Michael Jordan applauded Jeter on a wonderful career.

Michael Jordan applauded Jeter on a wonderful career.

Perhaps the biggest star to attend the ceremony celebrating the captain was NBA Hall of Famer and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, who has been friends with the shortstop since they met in 1994. Jeter is also signed to Jordan’s brand. In his remarks about Jeter, Jordan said:

“Winning thrives on great leadership and he’s a great leader. Being in the city of New York where one little hiccup can basically fry your personality or your persona and this kid has done everything the right way.”

Derek Jeter pictured with his mother Dorothy (l), sister Sharlee (c) and father Charles (r).

Derek Jeter pictured with his mother Dorothy (l), sister Sharlee (c) and father Charles (r).

Among the gifts presented to Jeter during the ceremony were:
– A proclamation from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio that Sunday Sept. 7, 2014 is Derek Jeter Day
– A Mettler G5 clinical massage therapy machine
– A framed and matted piece with patches from the 14 appearances Derek Jeter made to the All-Star game
– A 10-day trip to Tuscany
– A check for $222,222.22 for his Turn 2 Foundation
– A custom-made Waterford Crystal etched with Jeter’s final season logo

Jeter's Career statistics (through September 5, 2014): Batting average- .310 Hits - 3,448 Home runs - 259 Runs batted in (RBI) - 1,300 Stolen bases - 357

Jeter’s Career statistics (through September 5, 2014):
Batting average – .310
Hits – 3,448
Home runs – 259
Runs batted in (RBI) – 1,300
Stolen bases – 357

Yankees fans hope the team can overcome a rough season to send their captain off with a championship but that seems unlikely. After losing yesterday’s game to the Royals (2 – 0), the Yankees are now 9 1/2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the division and 4 1/2 games out of the Wildcard to make the playoffs. No matter how the season ends, Yankees fans will always celebrate their captain, Derek Jeter.-OnPointPress.net-

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.

It’s Serena Williams vs.Caroline Wozniacki in U.S. Open Championship

Serena Williams will have a chance to win her 3rd consecutive U.S. Open championship this  Sunday as she takes on Caroline Wozniacki.

Serena Williams will have a chance to win her 3rd consecutive U.S. Open championship this Sunday as she takes on Caroline Wozniacki.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

The championship matchup is set with Serena Williams facing Caroline Wozniacki on Sunday, September 7. Women’s tennis will be on center court at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, Queens, as Williams continues to carry the torch for professional American tennis.

Wozniacki has been steadily improving and working herself back to peak shape in hopes of winning her first Grand Slam title.

Wozniacki has been steadily improving and working herself back to peak shape in hopes of winning her first Grand Slam title.

Wozniacki will be in pursuit of her first Grand Slam championship while Williams is in search of her 18th major championship. Wozniacki has been working hard to get back to her peak performance when she was ranked at the top of women’s tennis in 2010. While Wozniacki and Williams appear to friends, there will not be any trepidation from either as they attempt to reach new personal heights.

Williams is also in pursuit  of her 18th Grand Slam victory of her illustrious career.

Williams is also in pursuit of her 18th Grand Slam victory of her illustrious career.

Williams, who won the U.S. Open in 2012 and 2013, has struggled with injuries and illness this season as this would be her first major title this season. However, Williams seems poised to win her third consecutive title and 18th Grand Slam title overall while breezing through her semifinal round in 61 minutes. It will be a busy sports day Sunday as the NFL regular season has just begun and the WNBA Finals begin that day as well. Tennis fans can enjoy this championship at 4:30pm Eastern on CBS this Sunday.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.