Any MLB Hall of Famer's shoes won't be easy to fill after they decide to hang 'em up at the end of their careers. A Hall of Famer with a unanimous induction into Cooperstown and a practically undisputed label as the face of New York baseball for 20 years has even more difficult shoes to fill.
And yet, when Didi Gregorius took over the shortstop position after two decades of Derek Jeter's leadership and greatness, he somehow found a way to fill those shoes admirably. The Yankees faithful let him know how grateful they were when he made his first appearance as a Phillie at Yankee Stadium on Monday night.
Though he was never elected to an All-Star team, he earned MVP shares in both 2017 and 2018 and finished with a WAR of 4.4 and 4.8 in each season, respectively, which are both higher figures than those of eight All-Star campaigns for Jeter.
And, like every Yankee fan (and probably baseball fan) in the world, we're still mad that this ball didn't go out and that the Yankees couldn't include it on that highlight reel.
But he had several other big moments for the Yanks.
And he's already ingratiated himself to the Philadelphia fan base, acting as one of the only productive hitters in the team's opening series against the Marlins, and without nearly the same-sized shoes to fill.
Of course, a good manager went a long way in helping Jeter to enjoy such long-lasting success, and the Hall of Fame shortstop had two very notable ones in Joe Torre and Joe Girardi. The latter led the Yankees to the 2009 World Series title and was the skipper of the Yankees until 2017. Now with the Phillies, he too made his return to his former ballpark and was honored with a tribute that featured clips of his playing days and managing days.