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NEW YORK, NY (September, 24, 2014) – Mr. November. The Jerterian Swing. Captain Clutch. Number 2. Derek Jeter may be the most familiar baseball player of all time; no one has been covered more or played in front of more people. After nineteen years in the league and fourteen Sports Illustrated covers under his belt (with hardly a scratch to show for it), Jeter gives senior writer Tom Verducci his “exit interview” through a series of interviews sharing everything from his leadership style and media approach to his plans for the future. The elusive athlete is unplugged – Jeter-on-Jeter.
Jeter on how the game has changed…”The game has changed a lot. The way the game is played. Now it’s more analytics and shifts and tendencies and pitch counts, and that really didn’t exist when I first came up.
Jeter on the media…”At times probably a lot of the media gets frustrated with me. But for me the only way I’m able to operate here for this long is I don’t like negativity. I don’t like to talk about it. I don’t like to answer questions about it. I always hear people say I give the same answers or I don’t you give you much. No, I just don’t give you much negativity.”
Jeter on being a public figure…”You have to assume that everything you do is public knowledge. Everything. Because now everyone is a reporter. Everyone is a photographer. Someone can take a picture and make a story, which has happened plenty of times, and twist it and turn it anyway they want to. You used to be able to go out…it’s all I’ve known.”
Jeter on using the same Louisville Slugger model for 20 years…“Maybe I’d pick up another one in batting practice if I broke one. But I’ve never had an at bat in a game with another one.”
Jeter on his leadership style…“One of the biggest things about leadership is you have to get to know your teammates. You have to get to know who you’re leading because there’s different buttons you push with different people. Some guys you can yell and scream at, and some guys you have to put your arm around. You can do that only if you get to know them as people.”
Jeter on what is next…“That’s the beauty of it. I don’t know. You know what I want to do? Wake up one weekend and not have to go anywhere and do nothing.There are things I want to do in the future. But I think for me I need to get away for a while first. Come see me in eight months, and then maybe I can answer that question.”
Private Practice: Alan Siegel
Jeter is almost as famous for his ability to avoid controversy as for his on-field skill, and New York’s reporters are in still in awe.
Ask any New York reporter about Derek Jeter and they will all tell you the same thing; his ability to fly under the media’s radar is almost as commendable as his hit total. Writer Alan Siegel dives into the Yankee’s relationship with the media and examines his talent for sidestepping controversy. The following are interesting insights into Jeter from a who’s who of celebrity gossip writers:
Former Page Six editor, Richard Johnson, in an email, writes, “If he has any flaws, I’m not aware of them.”
Despite the countless tipsters who claim to have spotted Jeter, Lachlan Cartwright, executive editor of Radar Online, rarely could confirm his presence. Even then, he was never able to run the story.“It is very clear that he was a protected species…there were only two people I came across in that space: Leonardo DiCaprio and Derek Jeter.”
Very few club owners and publicists talk extensively about Jeter. “They’re happy to see everyone else’s name in the paper with their club, but they were afraid of the backlash from Jeter, [of him] saying, ‘Hey, I’m not gonna come to your place anymore.’”
When Gary Sheffield asked his teammate for media advice, Jeter answered, plain and simple, ‘Just be boring.’c