RELATED: A producer’s tribute: That time Matt Lauer told me 'you can breathe now' after I met Derek Jeter "Now, pregnant with our first child, Derek and I are looking to the future," she wrote in a post that also featured photos of the ballplayer, who retired in 2014, clutching a whole bunch of pink balloons.
He was a journeyman, traveling from team to team, a man bursting with potential, full of love to give and yet never staying long enough to fully give it.
We take a look back: It all began with the then Queen of the music world, Mariah Carey. He was the handsome, rising star of the goddamned New York Yankees—a shortstop, no less!
She was 1997's Beyoncé, a show-stopping pop hit factory (Jeter took a few years off from love, but amid rumors he'd maybe leave the game forever, he came back in 2000 with a chip on his shoulder, saddling up next to Lara Dutta, who held the inconspicuous title of MISS FUCKING UNIVERSE. From 2003 to 2006, this on-again, off-again relationship felt like it could be the place where Derek's heart could really find its anchor.
At the time Minnillo was hosting MTV's "Total Request Live" and was a former Miss Teen USA.
Retirement of a long-time player is a bittersweet thing: bitter because you have to say goodbye to someone you've watched grow from a young, uncertain caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly; sweet because you get to re-live all the moments along the way.