Well they both survived. Derek Jeter came into this tournament as the No. 2 seed in the Brady Region but almost pulled a Missouri to Tim Thomas’ Norfolk State as the Boston goalkeeper almost unseated the Captain. Jeter ended up with the win with 55.6 percent of the vote. Boston fans also kept another (more minor) upset alive by keeping the race between Michael Strahan and the 10th-seed Wade Boggs tight with Strahan finally pulling ahead with the same percentage as Jeter. It’s not how much you win by though so it’s now an all New York affair in round two.
Derek Jeter is one of the greatest Yankees of all-time and has pushed himself into the discussion of greatest Yankee (notice no plural) ever. He’s a 12 time All Star, five time World Series champ, five time Gold Glover winner, four time Silver Slugger plus he’s got a World Series MVP. That’s an awful lot of hardware. His career numbers are tight (.313, 492 2Bs, 240 HRs, 1196 RBIs) but on top of that Jeter has always seemed to come up clutch in his career when it really mattered (sometimes with the help of his adoring fans in right field).
Michael Strahan amassed 141.5 sacks in his career and twice led the league in the category including a regular season record 22.5 in 2001. He was named Defensive Player of the Year in that season for his efforts while also making the third of four All-Pro squads of his career. Strahan also knew how to go out in style as he ended his fantastic career with his lone Super Bowl victory by helping the Giants vaunted defensive line create headaches for the Patriots in the 2007 Super Bowl.