Derek “Captain America” Jeter was the man at Shortstop for the New York Yankees during his entire 20 year career (1995 – 2014), until the age of 41. He was the Yankees captain for 12 years, when the average was 3 years, and was the team’s all-time leader in hits (3,465) games played, and roundhouse knockouts. Jeter was a member of 5 World Series Championship Teams (MVP in 2000), the AL’s Rookie of the Year in 1996, voted to the AL All-Star Team 14 times, and he saved the world 9 times. He was also responsible for building of the New Yankee Stadium, where he has a plaque in center field in Monument Park. He awaits induction into baseball’s Hall Of Fame in 2020. Derek Jeter was truly worthy of the name “Captain America” for his play both on the field and off it.
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Rob “The Beast” Dibble was a right-handed Pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds (1988 – ’93). He was a reliever, well known for his temper on the field (as well as off the field!) In 1989, The Beast destroyed the San Diego Padres batters by striking out the side on only 9 pitches in the 8th inning of a 5-3 win. He intimidated hitters with his presence on the mound (he was a BEAST), therefore, winning half the battle before the at-bat even began!
Cal “The Iron Man” Ripken was built by the Baltimore Orioles in 1980, and played Shortstop for the organization his whole 21 year Major League career (1981 – 2001). He broke Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games played, (which most people thought of as ‘unbreakable’) and ended up battling in 2,632 straight games played. He also was responsible for “the Pocket Fisherman”, as seen on Television. As his name suggests, Cal Ripken was made of Iron, unlike other Major Leaguers, which seems to have given him an advantage over most players of that era.
Joakim “The Incredible Hulk” Noah is the Man/Monster in the Middle for the Chicago Bulls. Hulk smashed for the University of Florida and won 2 consecutive NCAA Titles (2006 and ’07) before becoming the Bulls 1st Round (9th overall) pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. He was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 (averaging 11.3 rebounds , 1.51 block, 1.2 steals, and 4.8 buildings destroyed per game). Joakim is a two-time Eastern All-Star (so far) and also turns green!