Jeter, who is playing his final and 20th Major League Baseball season, has been the subject of a tribute before each game this year, after each game, and whenever he comes to bat, makes a play, comes on to the field, leaves the field or spits on it. ESPN has aired at least 1,000 farewell specials of the 40-year-old's forthcoming retirement.
Fans and the media, however, can't get enough of the Jeter goodbyes. There's only a few more games left of the season and his career.
"That might have been his last dump as a pro baseball player, so we had to pay homage to that," ESPN analyst John Holstein said in an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews.
ESPN has come under fire, however, for censoring one of its in-game tributes.
Jeter was on first base, picked his nose and the game stopped in celebration that it might be the last time he dug for gold while on first. But ESPN ignored it, and treated the episode like a fan running on the field and didn't broadcast it.
In an exclusive statement to TheYellowDailyNews, ESPN said it had aired tributes to Jeter after he picked his nose on second base, third base, and after sliding home.
"The failure of ESPN to pay homage to what would amount to Mr. Jeter's last time picking his nose on first base is regrettable," ESPN said.
Sports Illustrated is said to feature ESPN's missed opportunity on its next cover photo.
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