In what might be the most significant “I’m getting old” sign to date, the biggest playboy athlete from my childhood, Derek Jeter, has thrown in the towel on his famous swinging lifestyle to tie the knot with the woman who I will forever know as “that chick from the talking horse commercial.” These two flawless-looking people will legally become each other’s exclusive partners for life on July 2. Good for you, Jeter.
But what might not be so good for him is the backlash he’s about to get from Baseball Tonight and People Magazine over the invite list of what may have been his bachelor party. From the looks of Instagram photos that only include Yankee Dynasty teammates Jorge Posada and Tino Martinez with former Braves (and temporary Yankee) great Andruw Jones, Jeter may have duped some presumably close Hall of Famers out of his official BFF club.
Okay, okay, I get it — dudes are allowed to play golf with other dudes without it being a huge deal. When you’re that stacked and retired, shredding the links just for the hell of it is normal. If Jeter were to actually have a bachelor party, he wouldn’t have excluded Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera while just inviting Posada, right?
But I’m going to buy into the gossip and read way further into this than any man should have time for, and conclude that this was in fact Jeter’s big bachelor party and that he did in fact snub the pitching unit of the Core Four.
Personally, if I worked for 10-plus years with anyone and grew from a nobody into an actual legend over that timespan, there’s no way I’m even taking one “BFF”-like picture without them in it.
We will just have to wait and see until the July 2 big day whether or not Pettitte and Rivera are standing next to him on the alter. Until then, let’s just appreciate how ridiculous some of Jeter’s sex habits were..