I can’t imagine Yankees fans being disappointed by the documentary that just premiered on HBO.
The access was outstanding, going behind the scenes to show Jeter in the training room, in the batting cage, eating lunch with friends, driving to the ballpark. Cameras were everywhere, giving a real sense of the personality of an intensely private individual.
There were several memorable moments — Jeter getting instruction from Gary Denbo jumps to mind, so does the birthday cake from Billy Connors, and the fact Minka Kelly didn’t know what a hit was when she started dating Jeter — but did come away with one lingering question.
Does Jeter’s personalized handshake with Ramiro Pena really end with Pena doing a weird little dance?
By the way, during the congratulations at the end, Gene Monahan left no doubt why he’s so incredibly popular in the Yankees clubhouse. There might not be a more genuine person on the planet.
If you couldn’t watch it tonight, try to watch it at some point. It’s an hour well spent.