Let’s run it in.

An often-repeated story: In 1993, still a couple of years away from getting to the major leagues, future Yankee captain Derek Jeter was in spring training with then-captain Don Mattingly.

The shortstop and the veteran first baseman were finishing up a workout on a back field, all alone, the seats empty, not a player or team official in sight. A spent Jeter had started walking off the field – no urgency or bounce to his step – when a jogging Mattingly came up behind him and in passing said, “Let’s run it in. You never know who’s watching.”

A little chin music

Don Mattingly was one of my favorite players when I was younger. How can you have been a Yankees fan in the 1980s and not liked Donnie Baseball? I saw his last regular-season game at Yankee Stadium in 1995, and a couple of weeks later I was there for his very last home game, the epic 15-inning Game 2 of the ALDS against Seattle, won by Jim Leyritz’s walkoff home run.

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