The Derek Jeter retirement parade included a famous visitor at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. Quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos stopped by, saying he wanted to visit his "good friend," and watch him play, at least one last time before Jeter retires at the end of the season. NFL training camp will be here before you know it, so Manning — who also is in town to do "Late Night With David Letterman" on Monday — came by the Bronx with brother Eli Manning. Newsday covered the get-together.
Jeter went 0 for 4, dropping his batting average to .240, in a 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
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Jeter seemed happy to see his friend, but laughed off an assertion by Manning that the baseball star somehow was a "mentor" to the football player. Jeter is older by Manning by about 21 months.
"Ha, ha," Jeter said. "Yeah. That's my role with the Manning family, to be a mentor."
Jeter obviously doesn't take certain compliments too well. And it must be difficult for famous people to have friends like average Joes have friends. To let down your guard — which Jeter never does to us — is tricky, because everyone else you run into, so it seems, just wants a piece of you. Jeter could relate to Manning being in a similar position coming into the NFL, perhaps.
And Manning can relate to where Jeter is now: Almost finished with his career. Anthony Rieber of Newsday writes:
"It's sad to see some of these guys retiring," Manning said. "I'm not far behind."
Asked how far, he said: "[Jeter] and I talked about that . . . As long as I can still produce and help a team. I just don't want to be out there just hanging on. I hope I know when the right time is. I know it was hard for Derek. I know it'll be hard for me. But I can tell he's at peace with it and he's enjoying the season."
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