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Derek Jeter

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Yankee Stadium was alive last night, and I don't think, looking back just hours later, that I mean that in a purely metaphorical way. There was a pulse I could feel in the balls of my feet – feet that were ensconced in boots for the first time since last winter – and there were moments when I was all but certain that I could feel the collective heartbeats of 47,000 fans. We had all bargained with the Gods of rain, making promises many of us probably weren't prepared to keep, but there we stood, and we were trying to get ready to say goodbye.

Because I became a baseball fan later in life, it has always been somewhat clear to me that it's not just about the games and the rivalries and the players that seep into the life of a fan; it's really also very much about who the person is when she is rooting for the team and where in life she finds herself when those runs are scored, when that ball looks like it's going over the wall but bounces back in for a double, when players morph into Gods or crumble like fallen idols.