Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, Bill Clinton and… Derek Jeter?
According to CNN, the Yankees short stop belongs with the names above as one of the most powerful leaders in the world. In fact, CNN believes that Jeter ranks higher than all but 10 of the 50 most powerful leaders in the world. I’m just as shocked as you are.
As he begins his 20th and final season in pinstripes, Jeter remains the type of role-model player that even a Red Sox fan must grudgingly respect. It’s not the five World Series rings he’s won or his team record for career hits. In a steroid-tainted, reality-TV era, Jeter, the son of two Army veterans, continues to stand out because of his old-school approach: Never offer excuses or give less than maximum effort.
I mean CNN is probably going to know more about such lists than you or me, but something about Jeter ranking that highly just seems a bit, crazy.
As Jeter enters his final MLB season, this is probably just a sign of the adulation he will be receiving on his farewell tour.
And to that we can all say, yeah Jeets.