If you’re able to get him to answer honestly, I’m sure Derek Jeter even thinks that his farewell tour is a bit too much. Sure, he’s done some great things for the premier franchise in baseball, but this victory lap became unbearable about four months ago. It’s part of what Keith Olbermann was talking about in his anti-Jeter rant, which has drawn much ire:
Louisville Slugger is adding to the over-the-top farewell. Jeter has used a Louisville slugger P72 for each of his 12,000+ plate appearances during his 20 year career. In honor of Jeter, they have decided to retire his bat number.
His. Bat. Number.
The P72 will now become the DJ2.
“Derek has swung one bat model from one bat company his entire career,” said James Sass, Director of Professional Baseball Sales for the Louisville, Kentucky-based company. “Derek has made over 12,500 plate appearances in his 20 MLB seasons, and every single one of them has been with a Louisville Slugger P72. With Derek’s impending retirement, we thought it was fitting to retire his bat model in recognition of his brilliant career. We are grateful for his enduring and unwavering loyalty. In honor of Derek’s tremendous career and impact, we won’t be making the P72 anymore.”