Derek Jeter's storybook career culminated in Tuesday's election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, but the five-time World Series champion with the Yankees was reminded of his current team's struggles on Wednesday.
The 45-year-old is now the CEO of the Marlins, who take a second place in a row in the NL Ost and at the same time play in front of the smallest spectators of the majors.
"Losing down there was a lot of fun," Jeter said with a chuckle when asked how frustrating it was to deal with the results in South Florida since taking over the reins.
"The bottom line is winning," said Jeter at a press conference on the Hall of Fame at the St. Regis Hotel in Midtown on Wednesday. "We faced quite a challenge down there in Miami, but we see it as a great opportunity." We believe in the fan base in Miami. We believe in the organization that was built. We know that it will take some time. I preach patience even though I don't have one. "
And he understands why the number of visitors was low.
"It also takes time for the fan base to build this trust for us," said Jeter. "I can't go down there and tell everyone to trust me. They don't know me. It takes a little time for that. The only thing I said is that I won't make promises that I can't keep. And we've kept every promise we've made so far. "
He remains confident that the Marlins will turn things around.
"I want to win as much as everyone else," said Jeter. "I didn't get to lose. I could have stayed at home and retired. I got involved because I always wanted to give something back at the highest level and I wanted to build something we could be proud of and that everyone in Miami can be proud of. "
Unlike Jeter, who spent his entire career with the Yankees, his 2020 youngster Larry Walker played for three teams and considered which hat to wear in the hall. The Hall of Fame reserves the right to select the team, and Walker discussed it with the officials there and chose Colorado, the team with which he spent the most time – and with which he had the greatest success.
Walker was elected in his last election year and eventually overcame some people's belief that playing so many games in the air in Denver was inflating his offensive numbers unjustifiably.
"I played in a hit game paradise in Colorado, but it was a top league baseball team," said Walker.
Jeter and Walker are admitted in July along with Ted Simmons and the late former union chief Marvin Miller.
Jeter not only thought about the titles he won with the Yankees, but also about his last game in the Bronx, which he won with a game-defining single.
“The last game I played in New York was the only game I ever played in New York that we were eliminated from [from playoff contention], It shouldn't have meant anything, but it was a playoff atmosphere. It was great to have one last magical moment. "
The Empire Stadium lit up in pinstripes on Wednesday night with a No. 2 in the mast to celebrate Jeter's choice in the hall.