MLB Network to honor Derek Jeter with 64 straight hours of programming
Derek Jeter will not be enshrined in Cooperstown this summer after the Baseball Hall of Fame officially postponed this year’s ceremonies until 2021, but MLB Network is stepping up this weekend to properly honor “The Captain.”
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, MLB Network will devote 64 consecutive hours of programming in tribute to the New York Yankees icon. The nearly three-day binge of Jeter-centric coverage will begin Friday morning. Bob Costas will serve as host and will include breakdowns of 13 of Jeter’s signature games.
Rosenthal went on to clarify why MLB Network elected to air the Jeter-palooza at this particular moment. It appears that unlike everything else sports networks are doing now to deal with the almost-complete dearth of live events and action, it had nothing to do with the runaway success of the “The Last Dance” documentary on ESPN.
For those asking, “Why do this?” – and you know who you are! – the MLB Network special will air on the 25th anniversary of Jeter’s debut. And uh, he is going into the Hall of Fame. https://t.co/1jIAU1wLDq— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 28, 2020
Jeter made his MLB debut on May 29, 1995 in a road game against the Seattle Mariners at the since-demolished Kingdome. He ended up going hitless in five at-bats in the game, but he rebounded the next day, notching his first two hits at the big-league level, along with his first run scored.
Interestingly enough, Jeter’s game-worn jersey from his debut recently sold for a record-breaking $369,000 at auction.
So yes, while Jeter’s moment in the sun in upstate New York will have to wait until next summer, his many fans can celebrate his Hall of Fame career for almost the entirety of this coming weekend with a lengthy binge-watching session.