They were both young and full of vigor in 1996, two guys barely in their 20s and just starting careers full of promise.
Chipper Jones and Derek Jeter met on the field that year as the Atlanta Braves and New Yankees played in the World Series.
They both had the talent and tools and seemed destined for greatness, but it would have been tough for anyone to predict that they would both play for the same teams for their entire careers and that they'd both be headed to the Hall of Fame.
Jones and Jeter had a longstanding mutual admiration and respect for each other throughout their many seasons, but didn't get to know each other until they both played for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic in 2009.
That's when they bonded, two superstars, well into their 30s, both with the knowledge by that time they were Cooperstown bound. Jones was struck by Jeter's humility, and Jeter by Jones' dedication and consistency.
It's safe to say they have a mutual admiration society. Basically, the...