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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter smiles at a news conference Monday Nov. 4, 1996 at Yankee Stadium. Jeter was the unanimous choice as the American League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award for 1996 in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. (Ron Frehm, AP)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees poses for this photograph prior to a Major League Baseball game circa 1992. Jeter has played for the New York Yankees from 1995-2014. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Rookie Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees warms up Monday, May 29, 1995 in Seattle prior to a game against the Mariners. Jeter joined the Yankees in the day after being promoted from their Class AAA team in Columbus. Jeter was the Yankees’ first pick in the June 1992 free-agent draft. (Gary Stewart, AP)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter. (Linda Cataffo, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
New York Yankees vs Minnesota Twins. Twins #4 Paul Molitor is forced out at 2nd base on #40 Mart Cordova' single as Yanks # 2 Derek Jeter covers. Baseball. (Gerald Herbert, NY Daily News via Getty)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (R) tags out Baltimore Orioles Mike Devereaux (L) between third and home after Devereaux left third early on a grounder by the Orioles Billy Ripken in the second inning in Baltimore, 13 July. New York went on to win, 3-2. (Ted Mathias, AFP/Getty)
New York Yankees Chuck Knoblauch (left) and Derek Jeter at spring training camp in Florida. (Linda Cataffo, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter at spring training. (Linda Cataffo, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter takes time to sign autographs before a game against the Oakland Athletics 05 August in Oakland, CA. The Athletics defeated the Yankees, 3-1. (John G. Mabanglo, AFP/Getty)
American League All-Star Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks on during the 1998 All-Star Game at Coors Field on July 6, 1998 in Denver, Colorado. (Rich Pilling, MLB Photos via Getty)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (R) forces Detroit Tigers player Trey Beamon (L) out at second, then throws to first in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 13-2 win over the Tigers 22 July. Bobby Higginson, who grounded to Yankees second baseman Chuck Knoblauch to start the play, was safe at first. (Henry Ray Abrams, AFP/Getty)
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees celebrates following Game Four of the World Series against the San Diego Padres on October 21, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Sporting News via Getty)
Yankees' Derek Jeter in the dugout during game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Linda Cataffo, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
Yankees player Derek Jeter, the second batter of the game, watches the flight of his home run, which followed a leadoff homer for Chuck Knoblauch. It was the first time since 1955 that the Yankees had led off a game with consecutive home runs. The Boston Red Sox hosted the New York Yankees in a game at Fenway Park. (John Bohn, The Boston Globe via Getty)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter at the All Star Cafe to host a fundraiser for his charity. (Ken Murray, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
Scott Brosius (left), Tino Martinez (center) and Derek Jeter celebrate after the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics, 4-0, in Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Network Associates Coliseum. (Linda Cataffo, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees poses on April 1, 2000 at The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. (Ronald C. Modra, Sports Imagery/Getty)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter brandishes his bat outside the batting cage before a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla. (Linda Cataffo, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
Nomar Garciaparra #5 of the Boston Red Sox, Alex Rodriguez #3 of the Seattle Mariners and Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees pose for a photo before the 71st MLB All-Star Game at Turner Field on Tuesday, July 11, 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Rich Pilling, MLB Photos via Getty)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter runs off the field as play is stopped due to a thunderstorm with two outs in the top of the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000 at Yankee Stadium in New York. After a delay, the game was officially called giving the Yankees a 13-4 win over the Twins. (John Dunn, AP)
New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre(R) has champagne pour over his head by Derek Jeter(L) after the Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-5 in Game 5 of the American League 2000 Division Series in Oakland, CA 08 October, 2000. The Yankees now advance to the American League Championship series against the Seattle Mariners. (John Mabanglo, AFP/Getty)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, wearing an ice pack on his shoulder, is congratulated in the locker room by principal owner George Steinbrenner after the Yanks' 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics in Game 5 of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium. The Bombers took the series, 3-2, becoming the first team ever to win a best-of-five playoff series after losing the first two games at home. (Corey Sipkin, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
New York Yankees' infielder Derek Jeter, wearing an FDNY cap, practices before game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles defeated the Yanks, 7-2. (Howard Earl Simmons, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
New York Yankees Derek Jeter celebrates after game five of the American League Championship Series against the Seattle Mariners 22 October, 2001 at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees won the game 12-3 to win the best-of-seven game series 4-1. The Yankees will take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series staring 27 October. (Jeff Haynes, AFP/Getty)
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees bats during Game One of the American League Championship Series against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on October 17, 2001 in Seattle, Washington. (Sporting News via Getty)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 7 -- Air Date 12/01/2001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Derek Jeter, Seth Meyers during 'Weekend Update' on December 1, 2001 (Dana Edelson, NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter dives to make a stop on an infield single against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 05 April, 2002 at Yankee Stadium Opening Day in the Bronx, NY. The Yankees beat the Devil Rays 4-0. (Matt Campbell, AFP/Getty)
Rickey Henderson #35 of the Boston Red Sox steals second base beating the throw down to Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees during an Major League Baseball game circa 2002 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Jeter has played for the New York Yankees from 1995-2014. (Focus on Sport, Getty)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, currently on the disabled list with a leg injury, leans against dugout roof as he watches action on field during game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. The Blue Jays pummeled the Yanks, 8-3. (Howard Earl Simmons, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees watches the Anaheim Angels celebrate after the Yankees were defeated in Anaheim, CA 05 October 2002. The Angels defeated the Yankees 9-5 to win the best-of-five series 3-1 to advance to the American League Championship. (Lucy Nicholson, AFP/Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees bobbles a groundball hit by Gabe Kapler of the Boston Red Sox in the first inning during game 2 of the American League Championship Series on October 9, 2003 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. (Doug Pensinger, Getty)
Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees during spring training in Tampa, FL. (Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty)
Infielder Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees waits for the Texas Rangers pitch during their game at Ameriquest Field in Arlington on May 23, 2004 in Arlington, Texas. The Yankees won 8-3. (Ronald Martinez, Getty)
New York Yankees Derek Jeter dives to catch a fly ball in the twelfth inning against the Boston Red Sox at New York's Yankee Stadium Thursday, July 1, 2004. Jeter left the game and was injured on the play. The Yankees won the game 5-4 (Frank Franklin II, AP)
New York Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter smiles as he warms up at Shea Stadium, where the Yanks are taking on the New York Mets. Jeter has scrapes and bruises on his face from diving into the stands to make a game-saving catch during last night's game against Boston. (Ron Antonelli, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter singles in the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks clinched their 10th consecutive playoff berth with a 7-3 victory over the Rays. (Ron Antonelli, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
Jubilant New York Yankees, including Derek Jeter (2nd left) and Alex Rodriguez (center), greet Bernie Williams at home plate after he hit a game-winning, two-run homer in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks beat the Twins, 6-4, in their 100th victory of the season, and clinched their seventh straight AL East title. (Keith Torrie, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees receives high-fives from his teammates after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on July 23, 2005 in Anaheim, California. (Jeff Gross, Getty)
The New York Yankees' Derek Jeter smiles in the dugout shortly before the start of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium in New York Thursday, May 26, 2005. The Yankees won, 4-3.  (Gregory Bull, AP)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees waits for the throw as Chone Figgins #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slides into the base during the MLB game on July 22, 2005 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Angels won 6-3. (Stephen Dunn, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of Team USA laughs with coach Ken Griffey Sr. during the Round 1 Pool B Game of the World Baseball Classic against against Team Canada on March 8, 2006 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. (Jed Jacobsohn, Getty Images)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter throws the ball after making the catch on a fly out by Boston Red Sox's Kevin Youkilis in the third inning Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Kathy Willens, AP)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees slides ot third base against the Boston Red Sox during their game on September 16, 2006 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. (Al Bello, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees in the dugout in a game against the Detroit Tigers during Game Four of the 2006 American League Division Series on October 7, 2006 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers won the game 8 to 3 and won the series 3 games to 1. (Rob Tringali, Sportschrome/Getty)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, left, jokes around with Yankees special advisor Reggie Jackson in the dugout during the Yankees spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, March 11, 2007. (Kathy Willens, AP)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks on against the Boston Red Sox on May 21, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York. The Yankees won 6-2. (Rob Tringali, Sportschrome/Getty Images)

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, right, jokingly pops his head into the frame behind Andy Pettitte who was posing for a photograph on photo day before spring training baseball workouts Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. (Julie Jacobson, AP)

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees looks on during batting practice before the 79th Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York, U.S., on Tuesday, July 15, 2008. This will be the final All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium before the team moves to a new USD 1.3 billion home across the street. (Craig Ruttle, Bloomberg via Getty)
In this April 26, 2008, file photo, New York Yankees' Derek Jeter reaches for a ball hit by Cleveland Indians' Jhonny Peralta in the second inning of a baseball game in Cleveland. A five-time World Series champion and sixth on the career hits list, Jeter, now 40, is set to retire after this season after spending two decades as the shortstop for the Yankees. (Ron Schwane, AP)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees throws to first against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during their game at Yankee Stadium on August 2, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees won 8-2. (Rob Tringali, Sportschrome/Getty)
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees runs during the game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York on May 16, 2009. The Yankees defeated the Twins 6-4. (Rich Pilling, MLB Photos via Getty)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter tips his cap after hitting a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays  Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in New York. The hit tied hit with Lou Gehrig for most hits by a Yankee. (Bill Kostroun, AP)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees holds up the trophy as he celebrates with A.J. Burnett (L), Jorge Posada (2nd L), Mariano Rivera (2nd R) and Robinson Cano after their 7-3 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Jed Jacobsohn, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees attempts to throw out Vernon Wells (not pictured) of the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning on July 6, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Jays defeated the yankees 7-6. (Jim McIsaac, Getty)
Derek Jeter # 2 of the New York Yankees slides into third base against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on May 15, 2010 in the Bronx borough of Manhattan. The Yankees defeated the wins 7 to 1. (Rob Tringali, SportsChrome/Getty)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter signs autographs as he warms up before a minor league rehab start for the Trenton Thunder at Waterfront Park in Trenton, N.J., Saturday, July 2, 2011. (Mel Evans, AP)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter dives for a ball hit by Cleveland Indians' Austin Kearns in the fourth inning in a baseball game, Wednesday, July 6, 2011, in Cleveland. Matt LaPorta was out at second base, and Kearns was safe at first base. (Tony Dejak, AP)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter waves to the cheers of the crowd after he hit a solo home run, his 3000th career hit off of Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price in the third inning of a baseball game on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Kathy Kmonicek, AP)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees tips his hat to the crowd prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on August 13, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees won 9-2. (Rob Tringali, SportsChrome/Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees walks off the field in between innings during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 14, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Rob Tringali, SportsChrome/Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks on during the game against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium on August 16, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Rob Tringali, SportsChrome/Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees in action against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on June 29, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The White Sox defeated the Yankees 14-7. (Jim McIsaac, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees in action against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on July 11, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Royals 8-4. (Jim McIsaac, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees tags out Jemile Weeks #19 of the Oakland Athletics as he tries to steal second during the game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 27, 2012 in Oakland, California. The Yankees defeated the Athletics 2-0. (Michael Zagaris, Oakland Athletics/Getty)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, right, is congratulated by Eric Chavez after he scored on a single by Nick Swisher off Minnesota Twins pitcher Brian Duensing in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 in Minneapolis. (Jim Mone, AP)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees leads his team onto the field to start the game against the Boston Red Sox during their game at Yankee Stadium on April 10, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Al Bello, Getty)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter fields a ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 2, 2014, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Bill Kostroun, AP)
Derek Jeter #2 and Alfonso Soriano #12 of the New York Yankees walk on the field for batting practice before their game against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium on May 13, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Al Bello, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the New York Mets on May 15, 2014 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Yankees defeated the Mets 1-0. (Mike Stobe, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on May 14, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Mets 4-0. (Jim McIsaac, Getty)
Tony Sanchez #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates dives back to second base as Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees waits for the throw during the game at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Rob Tringali, MLB Photos via Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees bats against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Yankees defeated the White Sox 4-3 in 10 innings. (Jonathan Daniel, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees in action against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 2, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Rays defeated the Yankees 6-3. (Jim McIsaac, Getty)
American League shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, singles during the third inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis. (Jeff Roberson, AP)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: American League All-Star Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees acknowledges the crowd before his first at bat during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Elsa, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees stands on deck before batting against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning on August 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Michael Ivins, Boston Red Sox/Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees smiles during Derek Jeter Day on September 7, 2014 before the game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Elsa, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees in action against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on September 10, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Rays 8-5. (Jim McIsaac, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks on before batting in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles during game two of a doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Patrick Smith, Getty)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) throws on the field warming up before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (Kathy Willens, AP)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter walks out of the clubhouse before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Baltimore. (Patrick Semansky, AP)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees smiles prior to a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on September 22, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Mike Stobe, Getty)
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NEW YORK (AP) - The 17-year-old kid from Kalamazoo drew all sorts of raves.

He was a "young colt" with a "perfect SS body" and was a "top student" who planned to study medicine at the University of Michigan, too.

"This guy is special," one big league scout even wrote.

But, could anyone back then have projected that Derek Jeter the high schooler would someday become Derek Jeter the future Hall of Famer?

Now 40, Jeter is set to retire after this weekend. A five-time World Series champion and sixth on the career hits list, he spent two decades as the shortstop for the New York Yankees.

Five big league teams bypassed Jeter in baseball's amateur draft in 1992 before New York selected him with the No. 6 pick. A year earlier, Yankees scout Dick Grouch had first spotted Jeter after his junior year.

"It was one of those serendipitous events," Grouch recalled last week. "I was going to cover a tournament on the other side of the state, and I knew they were having this talent identification camp at Mount Morris High School, so I stopped just to get a glance as to what was transpiring."

This time, there was indeed something worth seeing.

"About 5 or 10 minutes in, he was taking groundballs at the time, and then he did things that caught my eye," Grouch said.

With the short high school season, Jeter didn't play many games during the school year, so Grouch watched him with the Kalamazoo Maroons summer league team. And then Jeter injured an ankle early in his senior season, limiting his playing time.

But Jeter already had caught the attention of scouts for many teams, according to reports that later went to baseball's Hall of Fame.

Cincinnati scout Gene Bennett wrote in April 1992 that Jeter aimed to study medicine at Michigan, adding he "has leadership ability with good makeup" and possessed "skills similar to (Barry) Larkin as high school player."

Larkin, who played college ball at Michigan, became a Hall of Fame shortstop with the Reds.

The California Angels' Jon Niederer noticed Jeter was "somewhat thin-chested and 'pointy shouldered,'" saying he had a "good face - very young looking" and was a "top student from a high class family."

Niederer said Jeter had "all the tools to play the game at a high level." He took note of his "very quick hands and feet - so quick they can get him set up to make a play before the ball arrives and he looks out of synch."

Ed Santa of the Colorado Rockies said Jeter had a "perfect SS body" and projected him to have All-Star potential.

"You get excited just watching him warm up," he wrote in May 1992.

Dave Littlefield, who scouted Jeter for the Montreal Expos and went on to become Pittsburgh's general manager, wrote a report that praised Jeter's body type and bode well for future success.

"Hi butt, longish arms & legs, leanish torso," he said. Among his other remarks was the "young colt" description.

"I think I got most of that right," said Littlefield, who now scouts for the Chicago Cubs. "I wish in retrospect we had picked him."

Jeter says he never really focused on scouts and is pretty sure they first showed up to scout another player on his summer team. Grouch observed Jeter for about a year but tried not to interact with him.

"He always stayed away. He kept his distance," Jeter said.

Grouch had a reason for his behavior.

"I did not want him to know that I was at the ballpark," he said. "I sat in my car. I was in the bushes. I was in the woods. I didn't want him to play for me, because I wanted to see how he handled failure. And every game that he played was the same."

As the draft approached, Yankees' director of scouting Bill Livesey made the trip to Michigan to watch him play. But the entire organization avoided contact. Five other teams were ahead of New York.

"We pretty much zeroed in on him, but none of us wanted to get our hopes up," Livesey said. And when Yankees executives met on the day before the draft, there was one last internal hurdle to overcome - and it was a big one.

"Mr. Steinbrenner was not real high on taking high school kids, simply because they were too long from the big leagues. So we had to convince him," Livesey said, referring to late owner George Steinbrenner, who was suspended from baseball at the time.

"He asked me how long it was going to take for him to be in the big leagues," Livesey said. "It was a little bit of the fib: I told him four years."

The five teams ahead of the Yankees didn't take Jeter. Not Houston, not Cleveland, not Montreal, not Baltimore, not Cincinnati. When the Yankees were up, Jeter was there for the picking.

Jeter signed for a $700,000 bonus (he would make $266 million from the Yankees), reached the major leagues for the first time in 1995 and quickly blossomed.

Grouch says he had a feeling.

"He's going to be able to play in the toughest venue in all of athletics, and that's Yankee Stadium," he said.

"And this guy, he was going to capture this entire city. He was going to capture New York."

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