During Derek Jeter‘s long career with the Yankees, he heavily implied he wasn’t interested in getting married or having children during his playing days.
Of course, it’s understandable.
Baseball players spend a significant amount of time away from home and are only available to their wife and kids during the offseason. The life of a baseball wife is playing the role of mom and dad while dad is away living out his dream. While baseball is a rewarding career, it also is a hard time for the kids and parents alike, especially since there’s a chance the father can miss a significant milestone.
Luckily for Jeter, he did everything according to plan. After he retired from Major League Baseball in 2014, he got married to model Hannah Davis (now Jeter) while exploring other business ventures outside of the game.
Ever since Jeter entered the spotlight, he always had a role to embrace. When he was on the field, he had the role ‘captain’. When he was off the field, he had the role ‘husband’.
Now, Derek Jeter will have to embrace a new role: ‘Dad’.
Hannah Jeter penned an article for The Players Tribune (which is owned by Derek), announcing that she and Derek are going to be parents to a baby girl. Hannah writes Jeter has already embraced the role as a father, and has even picked a name for their young daughter (she’ll see if it sticks or not).
Here’s an excerpt from Hannah Jeter’s article:
Big moments also have a funny way of making you look ahead.
Now, pregnant with our first child, Derek and I are looking to the future.
We want our kids’ lives to be as “normal” as possible. They’re going to be born into such an extraordinary situation. They’re going to have to be some strong little people. We don’t want them to be defined by their dad’s name — for them, we want him to just be “Dad.” That will be the piece of him they’ll have that the rest of the world doesn’t. It will be special, and it will be theirs.
Not only does Derek Jeter have a new addition on the way, he’ll also be rewarded with the ‘Pride of the Yankees’ award at the 2017 Homecoming Dinner. Not to mention he’ll have his No. 2 jersey retired forever on May 14th at Yankee Stadium.
With that said, I’d like to end this post with a congratulations to the Jeter family. I know Derek Jeter is going to embrace the role of fatherhood quite well.