In a new essay for the Player's Tribune, Hannah Jeter approaches "The Derek I Know" as she writes about her husband and soon father of her son, a girl.
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"You probably do not believe me," he explains. "But it's true ... I grew up in the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, which is only about two miles wide. Baseball was not really 'one thing'."
She continues to write that while Google may have had its fair share of stories about the big Yankees, now 42, they got to know it on their own terms.
"Derek and I met during the off season, and I think it was a stroke of luck," he writes. "We met at the right time, for me what matters in a relationship is being in the same place in their lives, and from the beginning I could see that the time of Derek's life and mine were aligned."
The 26-year-old fashion model reached an agreement with Jeter's career and says that in his last season as a basketball player he canceled jobs to be with him, support him and "be present in the remaining games" of his Race in an attempt to "reconcile" fans of love have for the World Series champion.
"Even during those last months, I felt that I was still learning to identify Derek Jeter with whom everyone said goodbye as the same Derek I knew," he writes. "And then, during his last game at Yankee Stadium ... that's when, for me, everything came into place."
This understanding of Jeter's legacy is something in Hannah's mind, as she and her husband are now "pregnant with our first child ... looking into the future."
In the middle of the article, Jeter shares an image of the baseball legend, holding pink balloons to signify the daughter they are waiting for.
"He already has a name in mind - he's put in it. Whatever his name, I know he's going to run circles around him ... They're going to be born in such an extraordinary situation, they'll have to be strong little people, we do not want them To be defined by his father's name - for them , We want him to just be 'dad'. That will be the piece of it that they will have that the rest of the world does not. "
But there is "some sadness," he admits, that his kids will not know the sports icon firsthand in the games, because he is retired now and the Yankees will retire from his jersey later this year.
"We can show you videos, photos and memories ... But I know it will not be the same ... You had to be there," he writes. "We will let them know that they are strong and intelligent and that they can do everything they want, I hope they are honest as their father, I hope they are stubborn like I. They know what they want and they will not settle for less."
Although he wants his children to know every aspect of his father's life, he closes with "if they want to play baseball, well, first we'll have a little talk."