See the Classic 60 MINUTES Profile of the Yankee Great in His Prime and
Two of His Colleagues Reflect on a Legendary Career on and Off the Field
NEW YORK (Oct. 3, 2014) – You’ve never heard of Derek Jeter getting into any trouble because he doesn’t – and he’s even nicer than you think. That’s what his colleagues Tino Martinez and Michael Kay say about the just-retired Yankee great. They speak to James Brown for a 60 MINUTES SPORTS retrospective on Jeter that includes an encore of the 2005 classic 60 MINUTES profile of Jeter by the late Ed Bradley. In the profile, the then-31-year-old Jeter discusses everything from his childhood to his relationship with legendary Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and includes an interview with Jeter’s parents. It’s all on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 10:00 PM ET only on SHOWTIME.
Martinez played with Jeter when Jeter was a rookie and remains a close friend. He says the secret to Jeter’s clean life is that he can have fun like everybody else, but knows where to “draw the line.” It’s a line he’s been drawing since he was young, when he signed a contract with his parents. Martinez says of Jeter, “He signed that contract and he lived up to it.”
Kay, the YES Network announcer for Yankees telecasts, says Jeter did more than live up to contract promises, he really cares about people. He tells this story about a class act who doesn’t play for the cameras: “The players meet kids that might be sick and…when the cameras are on, they treat them great,” says Kay. “And I’ve seen the same players where the kids could be down the hallway in a wheelchair, and if there’s no camera there, they don’t think there’s any prying eyes, they’ll just go right by,” he tells Brown. “I’ve seen Derek kneel down and talk and make a connection.”
What might Jeter do in his retirement? In this excerpt, an outtake from the 2005 60 MINUTES profile, he says he might like to own a team. Watch the excerpt.
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