Thursday, June 5, 2014

Jeter: Zimmer's Death a Tough One to Swallow

Last night, as you all know by now, former Yankees Bench Coach Don Zimmer died of heart problems.

The baseball legend, who had been involved in the sport since 1954, helped coach the Yanks alongside Joe Torre from 1996-2003, in which they won six AL Pennants and four World Series.

During that time, Zimmer was always close to Derek Jeter, who gave his reaction to the former's death last night.

“That’s a tough one to swallow,” Jeter told the New York Post following the team's loss to the A's. “Everyone knows how much Zim has meant, not only to our organization, but to baseball as a whole. Your thoughts and prayers go out to his family. That’s tough news. I found out halfway through the game. That’s a rough one.”

During his playing and managing careers, Zimmer was a 2-time All Star and the 1989 NL Manager of the Year, both coming during his stints with the Chicago Cubs.

Since 2004, he had served as a Senior Advisor for the Rays, where he wore #66 this season. In Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS, Zimmer was chosen to throw out the first pitch, marking Tampa Bay's first ever playoff appearance.

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