And when Alex Rodriguez was the Major Leagues' leading vote-getter last season, he glowed with genuine enthusiasm, feeling that accomplishment -- even in a career already highlighted by numerous achievements -- really held significance.
Both Yankees are on their way to a memorable month of July. Rodriguez and Jeter lead the American League in votes at their respective positions and are likely to take part in the July 15 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, according to the most recent results of balloting.
Rodriguez seems to be a lock to make his 13th All-Star team and his eighth consecutive, with his 2,518,067 votes currently leading all other players in the Junior Circuit. The next closest AL third baseman is Boston's Mike Lowell, who has 1,313,090 votes.
Jeter, an eight-time All-Star and the Yankees' captain, seems a natural fit to represent the AL as Major League Baseball says goodbye to "The House that Ruth Built." Fans agree -- Jeter has already amassed 2,507,534 votes, pacing the next closest competitor, Texas' Michael Young, by more than 1 million.
The 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET on July 15. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.
The All-Star Game will be the fourth held at Yankee Stadium and the eighth in New York City. The Yankees previously hosted the All-Star Game in 1939, '60 and '77; the Polo Grounds held the game in '34 and '42; Ebbets Field was the site in 1949; and Shea Stadium hosted the '64 tilt.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. ET. Starting rosters will be announced during the 2008 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on Sunday, July 6. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the Monster 2008 All-Star Final Vote at MLB.com.
And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster 2008 All-Star Game MVP vote at MLB.com.
The mustachioed Jason Giambi remains in the All-Star Game hunt, ranking third in voting among AL first basemen behind Boston's Kevin Youkilis and Minnesota's Justin Morneau. Giambi trails Youkilis by 817,130 votes.
The interesting case could be with designated hitter Hideki Matsui, who could slide into an All-Star Game start if he returns healthy from a sore left knee that placed him on the 15-day disabled list on Friday.
Matsui's 1,567,847 votes are second to Boston's David Ortiz and his 2,482,981 ballots, but Big Papi will remain sidelined with a bothersome left wrist that almost certainly will force him to give up his All-Star Game roster spot. If neither plays, Chicago's Jim Thome (825,808) would slip in.
Other Yankees involved in the balloting include Robinson Cano, who is third at second base; Jorge Posada, who ranks fourth at catcher; and the outfield trio of Bobby Abreu, Melky Cabrera and Johnny Damon, all of whom rank in the top 10 among AL outfielders. Abreu (1,141,618) and Damon (1,104,990) are fifth and seventh, respectively.
Behind manager Terry Francona, who will dress in Joe Girardi's office at Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox also figure to be well-represented. A Boston player leads at four positions -- first base (Youkilis), second base (Dustin Pedroia), DH (Ortiz) and outfield (Manny Ramirez).
The Yankees were represented at the 2007 All-Star Game in San Francisco by Rodriguez, Jeter and Posada.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.