TORONTO – Those of us who were teenagers when Derek Jeter broke into the big leagues in 1995 should be particularly bothered by the Yankee captains final trip to Rogers Centre. Air Max 90 Black Gold . As if the individual strands of grey hair or the increasing amount of joint pain werent reminders enough, the impending end of Jeters career is a slap-in-the-face indicator of a generations fleeting youth. There are others who have no memories of a Major League Baseball without Derek Jeter. One of them is Marcus Stroman, the Blue Jays 23-year-old rookie starting pitcher. He was all of four years old when Jeter debuted on May 29, 1995. Stromans connection to Jeter runs deeper if only because hes a native Long Islander. He grew up in the heart of Jeter-worship territory. "I mean, hes huge," said Stroman. "Hes everyones idol. Everyone who plays baseball wants to be like Jeter. Its not only for him as a baseball player, obviously, hes done everything right. It seems like everything hes done is right. Hes been quiet off the field. Hes never in any trouble. Hes like your perfect role model." Hes "The Captain." To Stroman, hes also a "top step guy," a reference to Jeters willingness to be the dugout cheerleader, the first with a high-five, when his teammates succeed. Opponents take note of Jeters status and offer him praise. He passes along his wisdom, has a desire to teach younger players. Stromans had his moment with Jeter. It came on Yankee Stadium turf. Jeter was taking groundballs pregame as Stroman was playing catch in shallow leftfield. It wasnt a deep conversation but it meant a lot to the young right-hander. "He kind of just started talking to me, saying Hey, whats up, man," said Stroman. "We talked for a little bit. I actually ended up having him sign a jersey." He hopes its not their final chat while theyre peers. "I know we head back there in a couple of weeks so Ill definitely try and get any little tidbits he can throw at me, just about handling myself or baseball in general," said Stroman. Stroman didnt grow up a Yankees fan. He didnt have a strong affinity for the Mets, either. Instead he cheered for players and Jeter was at the top of his list. So when Jeter stepped into the batters box against him in the first inning of the June 17 game at Yankee Stadium, Stromans fourth career start, it was a surreal moment. When the recorded voice of late, legendary Yankees public address Bob Sheppard came over the speakers to bring Jeter to the plate, Stroman soaked it in. "You just get the chills when he steps up, he steps into the box and you hear the announcer. He gives you the little head nod," said Stroman. "Its crazy, especially when you see the commercials about him and we know how many years hes been doing it for. 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