Is there a New York City Ticker Tape Parade in the immediate future for retiring New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter?
It hasn’t been brought up by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio or other public figures for that matter, but as far as this major Yankees fan is concerned, the sooner, the better. And I assume there are many others who would agree.
The record speaks for itself. Having just ended his home field 20 year Yankees career with a walk-off winning single, the pinstriped Captain has certainly earned all the accolades and affection that his legions of fans have bestowed upon him not only this year but throughout his Hall of Fame career. But there is one way that home town fans—along with a national, if not world-wide audience—can still showed the Captain how much his career and accomplishments have meant. It’s a parade down Broadway, a valedictorian-like salute along the Canyon of Heroes.
Talk about heroes.
For over 125 years, New York City has shown its gratitude by honoring individuals, groups and teams who have made a significant difference. People who have been so honored include President Theodore Roosevelt, General Dwight Eisenhower before he became President, President Harry Truman, the Apollo 11 astronauts, Indian prime minister Nehru, General Douglas MacArthur and Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.
Some of the other heroes who have been given ticker tape parades in New York before include astronauts like John Glenn, Chicago Cubs right fielder Sammy Sosa, South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, veterans from the Vietnam, Korean and Gulf Wars, Pope John Paul II, the released from Iran American Hostages, as well as championship sports teams including the Yankees.
But this year, the Yankees while again not making the World Series have certainly reinforced how one player can give the city of New York and his fans, a season — if not a lifetime—to remember.
Derek Jeter has earned a New York City Ticker Tape Parade. Don’t you agree? The record certainly speaks for itself. A number one Yankee player for 20 seasons, Jeter has compiled an overall batting average of .309 with over 3,400 career hits. He has been a NY Yankee from the beginning of his career and in an era of steroids and other professional athlete mis-steps, the name Jeter has been synonymous with first class.
Imagine New York City making the announcement that following the World Series this year, Derek Jeter will be honored with a Ticker Tape parade for his heroics and accomplishments on, and off the field. It would be hard to find individuals who wouldn’t feel that he is certainly worthy of one of the most distinguished honors the City can bestow upon a person or group. So what can we do to petition those who make the decision to make the decision?
Aside from making comments at the end of this article, you can contact public figures including the Mayor de Blasio as well as other New York City and New York State dignitaries.
Let the marching begin.