Paying tribute to Yankees' Derek Jeter

New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter is set to retire after the season, his 20th in the majors....

New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter is set to retire after the season, his 20th in the majors. (Getty Images/AFP)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:32 PM ET

We asked a few people if they recalled the first time they ever saw Derek Jeter.

Or the moment when they knew he was something special ...

They shared their memories of the Yankees captain as he begins his 20th and final season with his first of three stops at the Rogers Centre this weekend.

“My wife’s friend, Ann Banner, called my wife Mary and told her that her son was on a Little League team in Kalamazoo, Mich. (1985 or 1986) with someone named Derek Jeter and everybody was talking about how good he was and that he would someday be a major leaguer.” - Jays broadcaster Jerry Howarth

“My uncle, Keith, who scouted for Bill Lajoie (Detroit Tigers GM) noticed him at age 15-16. My brother, Bill, who played at Western Michigan, saw him and Derek played for Bill in ninth grade summer ball. They both mentioned him to me, so when I went to Kalamazoo during Christmas break, I would hit at the gym on the WMU campus. We would talk hitting and hit in the cages."

 

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