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Todd Frazier snaps another photo with Derek Jeter, 16 years later

Mike Oz
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Todd Frazier with Derek Jeter in 1998 then in 2014. (@Reds)

Todd Frazier with Derek Jeter in 1998 then in 2014. (@Reds)

The first time Cincinnati Reds slugger Todd Frazier took a photo with Derek Jeter, Frazier was a 12-year-old Little League player whose team had just won the Little League World Series. The team from Toms River N.J., got to take the field with the New York Yankees and Frazier was matched up with Jeter.

Fast forward 16 years, and Frazier got to finally snap another photo with Jeter, under much different circumstances. 

Frazier, 28, was playing in his first MLB All-Star game Tuesday while Jeter, as you're well aware, was playing in his last. There was an opportunity to get another pic with Jeter, to bring things full circle and Frazier had to do it.

Think about this: At two rather significant events in Frazier's baseball-playing life, there's a picture of him standing next to Derek Jeter. That's pretty neat.

Frazier thinks so too, telling C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

"It's pretty cool, in '98 to meet him then and now I'm playing with him in his last All-Star game," Frazier said. "I think that's pretty cool, he's a down-to-earth guy and he deserves every accolade he gets."

We can rattle off any number of facts to illustrate how long and solid Jeter's MLB career has been, but this photo also tells that story. A kid who once looked up to Jeter wound up playing in All-Star game next to him. That's longevity.

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