Derek Jeter On Hall Of Fame Induction: ‘It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This’

Peter Haskell
January 22, 2020 - 6:51 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — At a news conference on Wednesday, Derek Jeter said nothing was better than being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Wearing a new Hall of Fame jersey, Jeter seemed to still be absorbing the news from Tuesday evening – he’s baseball immortal.

“It doesn't get any better than this. There's no more awards, there's no other place you can go. This is it, so this is as good as it gets,” Jeter said.

The 45-year-old was elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday night with all but one of the 397 votes cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Jeter says this moment in his life is far from his minor league debut in 1993 and acknowledge that he was overmatched when he first entered the major leagues right out of high school.

“I had to learn how to deal with failure, because growing up when you're younger, a lot of times you don't have to deal with that, and it helped prepare me for what was to come in New York,” he said.

When asked about falling one vote shy of a unanimous selection, Jeter said he's rather focus on those who did vote for him.

However, plenty of others felt that the shortstop was robbed.

Johnny Damon, who played with and against first-ballot Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, spoke with WCBS 880 on Wednesday saying he’d love to know who didn’t vote for Jeter.

“I'd like to see who didn't vote for him because that's pretty embarrassing,” Damon told WCBS 880's Brad Heller on Wednesday. “I mean the guy's going to vote for him next year at least, I mean why not just do it now? Because you know he's going to get in... We all knew Derek was getting in and unfortunately that one voter didn't do his job.”

It's not clear which voter didn't choose Jeter.

The only inductee to receive a unanimous vote was Mariano Rivera in 2019.