Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Jeter Retirement Presser Wrap-Up
Derek Jeter's press conference to discuss last week's announcement that he will retire after this season was held today. I did not watch a second of it because I was at the bar watching the USA-Czech Republic hockey game, so if you were unable or otherwise preoccupied from viewing the presser live like me, here's what you missed:
- The first question was the obvious "why now?" one and Jeter answered it with the response you'd expect from a 20-year vet. He said last season's injury struggles were a factor and made the decision easier, he cited the desire to move onto other things, and said it was just "the right time."
- One thing that didn't influence the decision was his health. Jeter said he feels great and is "looking forward to playing the entire season" this year.
- If you were curious about how much of last week's announcement Jeter wrote himself, he said he wrote all of it and that there was a lot of other things he wrote down that didn't make it into the final cut. Good to know that those were his words.
- Jeter said he wanted to make the announcement months ago but that his friends and family told him to wait, think about it, and make sure it was something he really wanted to do before making it official. He did speak to Jorge Posada about it a few weeks back, but he didn't talk to Mo.
- When asked about playing time this season, Jeter said, "I want to play every day. This year will be absolutely no different." He also said he wants to be remembered as a great Yankee because, "the great thing about being a Yankee is you're always a Yankee."
- What moment from his 20-year career stood out the most? “Every time we win. … If you ask me what stands out the most, it’s winning.” Typical Jeter.
It's still a little weird to think about him not being around next year, just like it was with Mo last year. But he came across like his mind was made up. Here's hoping he stays healthy and we get to see him on the field as much as possible this year.