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Jeter speaks. Sort of.

Feb 24, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

Derek Jeter is speaking to reporters about his life, contract status, the universe and everything. I’m sure there will be a full transcript later, but the quote everyone is tweeting right now is “I’ve never been a free agent and I’ve never wanted to be a free agent.”

This is why Jeter is a media god. He says stuff that kinda sounds like a grand pronouncement — the headlines later will likely be “Jeter wants to be a Yankee forever!!” — but when you examine the statement it really says nothing at all.

If Jeter isn’t a governor or a senator or something one day I’ll be totally shocked.

  1. Charles Gates - Feb 24, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Senator Jeter would probably be able to get the media to believe all the petite 20-somethings visiting his office after business hours, or joining him in first class travel, are political consultants or participants in Be Senator Jeter’s Intern For A Day program.

  2. Jack - Feb 24, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    If he had played 20-30 years ago, Jeter may have gone into some form of public service. But these days, athletes like him have made too much cash to be bothered. He’ll probably just run his foundation.

  3. Mike Z. - Feb 24, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    Had the pleasure of interviewing Jeter two years ago for a magazine article. He told me his plans for after baseball: Ownership. He wants to own a team. Said it would be “fun” to build a great team. And yeah, I could see him doing it.

  4. deadkeavin - Feb 24, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    hey craig… can you stretch even further to try to take a shot at jeter. the guy simply acts like a basebal player and doesn’t bother to get involved in any b******t and you want to find fault in that. Yeah he has a lot of pretty girls on his arm. Guess what? He’s young, attractive, rich and unmarried. Good for him. Keep digging Craig maybe one day you’ll find a pimple on his nose that you can write a full expose on. Moron…

  5. YANKEES1996 - Feb 24, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Jeter is a class guy and first rate athlete and probably the best captain the Yankees have ever had. I think there are any number of things he could do after retirement and enshrinement, but whatever he does he will almost certainly be a complete success at it. I think he should run for Mayor quite honestly.

  6. Charles Gates - Feb 24, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    I wonder what ever happened with that sign Jeter stole from Old Yankee Stadium.

  7. GBSimons - Feb 24, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Where’s the shot at Jeter, deadkeavin? Over-sensitive much?

  8. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 24, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Jeter will ” DO ” more woman in retirement than he does while
    playing, he will have more time to do it, that’s all.

  9. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 24, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Jeter will ” DO ” more woman in retirement than he does while
    playing, he will have more time to do it, that’s all.

  10. cliff - Feb 24, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Yeah, maybe Jeter can go for Wilt Chamberlain’s record. Jeter takes a lot better care of himself and the pharmaceuticals are better, so why not?

  11. mgflolox - Feb 24, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Ya know, I kind of remember the same things were said about Steve Garvey about 30 years ago. Just sayin’.

  12. Old Gator - Feb 24, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    The legendary Charlie Wilson died last week and left that particular politico-environmental niche wide open.

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