Derek Jeter will hang it up at the end of his season, which we hope is late in October.
Some career highlights are here. And I mention two more highlights here - one is about the Yankees trip to Va Tech after the massacre there, and the other is a post 9/11 story which I will repeat here:
Yesterday, Jeter had two special guests watching batting practice: the sisters Brielle and Kirsten Saracini of Yardley, Pa.
They are the daughters of Victor J. Saracini, the pilot of United Airlines Flight 175, which was hijacked and crashed into 2 World Trade Center.
Ten-year-old Brielle wrote to Jeter, who called the Saracinis' home on Tuesday, inviting the girls and their mother, Ellen, to last night's game. They watched the game from Jeter's seats behind home plate.
''She was asking me why I stand so straight up when I hit,'' Jeter said of Brielle. ''She told me how much it meant for her to come here. We made her smile, at least for today.''
The girls lined up for the high-fives after the Yankees' victory, and Torre presented them with the lineup card.
''They said it was a dream come true,'' he said.
Well, we will have all season to memorialize and eulogize him. And down the road Yankee fans will swarm Cooperstown in consecutive years when Mariano and Jeter are waved in. I'm already bitter about neither of them being unanimous - several sports columnist in need of a column and some attention will leave them off their ballots, and I should get over it. Cal Ripken has the mark with 98.53%, so we will see if either or both of these guys can top that.