I read recently that Derek Jeter is going to retire after the 2014 baseball season. You are probably wondering what this has to do with podiatry. I have blogged in the past about the secrets of success in practice. In the blog “Starting Your Practice Off On The Right Foot After Graduation,” the first and most important “secret” is to do the right thing for every patient all of the time (see http://tinyurl.com/m9oxgjz  ).
In the modern era, Derek Jeter is the best thing that ever happened to baseball. He did not cheat, take steroids, embarrass himself or his teammates on or off the field, or blame anyone else for his failures. If you ask anybody about their opinions of Derek Jeter, you get the same general answer: “He is a true professional,” “Great team player,” “He played the game the right way,” “He is a winner,” or “It was never about him, but the team.”
We are all playing on teams every day. Maybe it is your hospital team, your multispecialty group practice team or being a team player in your community of physicians. If we all strive to be the “Derek Jeter” of our profession, then podiatry will continue to flourish and be respected by all.
So this is my tribute to Derek Jeter. I grew up in New Jersey and have been following the Yankees since I was a little boy. To this day, I watch every game (while working on charts, writing blogs, preparing lectures, etc.). His career is nothing short of a baseball legacy and it just won’t be the same watching the New York Yankees without #2 at shortstop.