Almost unanimous Re2pect.
The shortstop, No. 2, Derek Jeter — those words from legendary Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard are so familiar — entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, falling one vote short of a unanimous selection by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Jeter received 396 of 397 votes.
Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera received 100 percent of the vote one year ago, the first player to hit that mark of perfection. Even though Jeter knew this day was coming he said he never assumed anything, noting, “I don’t like to jinx anything. This is very humbling. This was not a relaxing day. I was nervous. It’s the ultimate honor, a dream come true, the highest honor a player can receive.
“I look at all the votes that I got,’’ Jeter said of falling one vote short of being unanimous, posting a 99.7 percentage. “Trying to get that many people to agree on something, it is pretty difficult to do.’’
What is most important to Jeter is that he is going in as a Yankee after spending his entire career in pinstripes.
“It probably means a little bit more to me than maybe some other people because…