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Derek Jeter to hold a press conference today. Uh oh.

Apr 25, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

New York Yankees infielder Jeter walks to the dugout after stretching during a workout at the team's MLB spring training complex at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Reuters

The Yankees and Derek Jeter are holding a press conference this afternoon.  They have not said what the press conference is specifically about, but I’m struggling how it can be good news for the injured Jeter.

Hopefully it’s just Jeter wanting to make himself available to the media after so much time away. To talk about his rehab or whatever in a way that a less-publicized player usually wouldn’t.  But yikes.

  1. number42is1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Retirement announcement? if so would that mean that he is eligible a year before Mo?

  2. cur68 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    He better not be retiring. That’ll suck.

  3. randygnyc - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    OMG! I’m a little bit afraid of this.

  4. dondada10 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Hopefully this isn’t a statement regarding retirement (doom!). Even Yankee haters gotta respect Jetes.

    • ozymandias121 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      No we don’t.

      • dondada10 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        I remember being 15 years old and watching game 4 of the 2000 World Series. With the Series at 2-1 Yanks, game 4 was crucial for the Mets.

        Leading off, Jeter hit the first pitch of the game into the left field stands. He wasn’t going to let the Yanks lose that game.

        As a die-hard Mets fan, I have all the respect in the world for Jeter.

        Get well soon, Jetes.

      • jm91rs - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        If you don’t respect hard working guys that lead teams to championships while collecting a crazy number of hits, then yeah I guess you don’t have to respect him.

    • gabrielthursday - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      I don’t have to respect Jeter at all. Anyone who sleeps around and delivers as thanks gift-baskets featuring stuff with his autograph gets no respect from me.

      • kevinbnyc - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        People have slept with you and probably didn’t get anything out of it.

  5. darthicarus - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I’m sure he’s just making a marketing announcement that all his future gift baskets will be coming from Edible Arrangements.

    • youngyankee - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      nailed this one. straight up. L O L

      • cackalackyank - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        LOL, I see what you did there…”NAILED” this one.

  6. CliffC - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I believe the beat writers said the other day that he would be meeting with the press on Thursday to talk about his rehab and all. It’s nothing.

    • dondada10 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      But who’s to say how the rehab is going. It could be going so poorly that he has to discontinue it. He’s already had one major set back.

      • CliffC - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Yeah, that is exactly what happened. He is not rehabbing since the last setback. He is in a walking boot looking at a return sometime after the all star break.

  7. mybrunoblog - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    The talk here in Yankee land is that it’s just a chance for Jeter to formally meet the media and dispense with any speculation and BS that’s been floating around. Jeter has been at home in Tampa and rehabbing there at the team facility . The media probably hasn’t had much of a chance to talk with him. Nothing to see here.

  8. El Bravo - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Clearly it’s to announce his departure from Team Cake for Team Pie. It’s about time he came to his senses.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Damn straight Bravo.

      • number42is1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Sunday is National Blueberry pie day

    • historiophiliac - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Oh, please. He clearly gets freaky at the adult desserts table.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        I wish he were trolling me Philiac. But he is absolutely serious. He turned 73 yesterday.
        And as he has gotten older his infamous cynicism has only gotten worse. He keeps bitching about Mitchell Boggs (calling him our Closer) and talking about how bad of a closer he is. And I have to continue to point out our Closer hasn’t pitched an inning and is out for the year. So in a nutshell Dad…we don’t have a closer. Get used to it cause’ its gonna’ be an up and down season for the Cardinals. On a side note:
        In his defense…he loves him some Cardinals baseball.
        He has my Mother record every game. I figure he has been a fan for so long he can say whatever the hell he wants.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Some day you’ll wish he was around to drive you crazy with that.

      • paperlions - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Well, no one is denigrated for wanting to have pie and eat it too….whereas having your cake and eating appears to be socially unacceptable.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        I said “adult desserts” — clean your ears out…or remove the peanuts you stuck in them or whatever. I am referring to the stuff that’s flammable.

      • paperlions - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        Yeah, I was talking about “adult desserts”, too…..consenting adult desserts.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        I’m glad the morning posts have been fun b/c I can tell already I won’t spend time on the afternoon ones. :(

        BTW, Brandon Inge must be a clutch hitter b/c the only time that a-hole does anything decent is after there’s a big public to-do about how much he sucks. Maybe that’s “hate hitter” or something…

      • indaburg - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        I will work on an indametric for “hate hitter.”
        I think it is calculated by taking the amount of negative press multiplied by loudness of booing as measured by that stadium jumbotron thingy raised to the power of how many slices of cake consumed during the period of said suckiness divided by how many shots of Jobu’s rum I’ve had.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        I don’t know if you can quantify “pulling it out of my ass when everyone’s looking at me.” I don’t think even rum is that good.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        Yep. I think about that every day Philiac.

  9. senioreditor2 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I’m guessing he’s out for the year. That sucks and I hate the Yankees but admire Jeter as a player.

  10. scoocha - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Only a player on the NYY breaks an ankle and is out for multiple years. They must have the worst trainers/doctors in all MLB. Other examples include Gardner’s nothing injury in 2012, Sheffield in 2006, Aceves in 2010. Middling injuries that end the player’s season for some reason.

    • awesomenar - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Right. Ike Davis had no problems with his ankle rehab. Or Santana with his shoulder. Or any other team/player for that matter.

      • scoocha - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Shoulder and pitching elbow is a totally different matter. But you’re saying a broken ankle is a career-ender? I love Jeter, so my comments don’t come from that POV. You have to be able to take true comments against your team sometimes.

      • tuberippin - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Jeter plays shortstop, a position that requires an extensive range of motion. For a SS, the ankles are the equivalent in importance of the pitcher’s shoulder or pitching elbow.

        If the ankle isn’t responding properly or requires more surgery that would keep him out longer, I could see this being a career-ender, especially since the last season (2014) on his contract is a player option for $8mil and he gets buy-out money if he declines it.

        He won’t move to another position, and I don’t think he’s willing to go out with a whimper like Ken Griffey Jr. did in his last season with the Mariners.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Actually, since Jeter broke his ankle during the playoffs, he has missed less than a month of baseball, and is expected to miss a half-season (barring some different news this afternoon).

      But to your point, How were the last 2 years for Kendrys Morales? Stephen Drew? Posey’s 2011? Ankle injuries are tough…

      • waiverclaim - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        Ankle injuries are even tougher on a guy pushing 40.

      • kevinbnyc - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        Not to mention Carl Crawford. If he’s any barometer, the Red Sox have the worst training staff on Earth.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Scoocha:
      My Father disagrees with you. I know this because I hear him complain (on a regular basis) about the St. Louis Cardinals having the worst trainers and/or doctors in MLB.
      Pretty much every other week.
      “Yes Dad.” ”They are clearly the worst in all of Baseball.” “They hire Trainer apprentices, High School volunteers and any Doctors they hire are still in residency.”

      • historiophiliac - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Ha, your dad trolls you!

      • paperlions - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        I still maintain that every fan base has a contingency that says this about their trainers. For some reason they think 1) that teams announce 100% accurate medical information, 2) that teams are not always publicly optimistic about return dates, and 3) that set backs are somehow a failure of medical care and not just a normal thing when pushing the rehab boundaries as a professional athlete.

      • scoocha - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Ha, nice.

    • mazblast - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Just take a short ride from Yankee Stadium to CitiField if you want to find a team with “amazing” medical ineptitude.

  11. bfunk1978 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Noone in their right mind talks retirement until the end of the contract. He’d be walking away from free money, as long as he puts in some sort of effort to rehab. That’s why Chris Carpenter didn’t “retire” – the Cardinals still owe him money on contract and as long as he follows doc’s orders he’ll get it.

  12. jaysfan64 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    You hope it isn’t a retirement announcement (I personally don’t want to see him go out like this) but remember he has a life to live after baseball and he has to get that ankle healed for quality of life..as a baseball fan I wish him nothing but the best…

    • CliffC - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      He has a small crack in his ankle, he is not having a hip replacement for god’s sake

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        You may be on to something.

  13. hittfamily - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Derek gave out too many souvenir baseballs to lucky young ladies. This is going to be a Magic Johnson conference. “I have AIDS. I am retiring”.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      That’s fucked up, dude.

  14. stlouis1baseball - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    The word on the street is…
    He is coming out as the 1st openly gay baseball player.
    Which is wonderful of course because the game of baseball is better with Derek Jeter playing it.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      That would be awesome. Who could muster any homophobic hate talk about Jeter?

      I’m not gay, but I’d date Jeter. My wife would understand.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        I am not gay either C.C. But I would date him as well.
        Of course…I am easy. So my Wife would also likely understand.

      • nukeladouche - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        Hey Sabathia, don’t you think that (i.e., dating Jeter when you are presumably – based on your marital status – hetero) is a bit much to go through just to get a gift basket?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        If we were talking about a Colby Rasmus or Alexei Ogando gift basket, I would absolutely agree. But Jeter?

        And yes, I am absolutely hetero, so I would probably have to draw the line at hand-holding or maybe spooning, but that is still worth it, right?

  15. waiverclaim - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Hey Craig, what time is this announcement? Is there a link to your source???

  16. stlouis1baseball - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Hmmmm…
    I see there are several people who don’t think the game of baseball is better with Derek Jeter playing it.

    *s/

    • bolweevils2 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      It’s not that he isn’t a fine baseball player. It’s that the media and the team have for so long made him out to be some kind of demi-god that I for one just can’t wait for the day he goes away and we can stop hearing about it.

      In fairness, it’s not Jeter’s fault that the media and team portray him that way. And for the rest of my life I’ll still be hearing what an unmatched, absolutely perfect baseball players is even long after he retires. But I still want his career to fade away to it’s end so perhaps I’ll hear it a little less. I’m not hoping for this injury to end his career though. I wouldn’t mind him getting healthy and playing sucky baseball (not likely) so he has no choice but to retire though.

  17. xpensivewinos - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    I think we should all speculate wildly with no rhyme or reason. Let’s make things up with no facts and for good measure, we should run around in circles, screaming gibberish with our arms flailing over our heads.

    That seems like the smart thing to do.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Wheeeee!!!!!

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Yes ladies…Earth boys are easy. I didn’t say I was proud of it.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      I am in Winos!

      • historiophiliac - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        You *are* easy.

      • indaburg - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        Earth boys are easy.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        Earth boys must = Cards fans.

    • bolweevils2 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Isn’t that what we come here to the internets to do?

    • tuberippin - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      I…say…we…RABBLE!

  18. scoops1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    I hope he does retire…..

    Then Pete Rose’s hit record will still be standing

  19. maritime85 - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    To the author… We got a time on this press conference?

  20. anxovies - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Didn’t I hear similar comments last year saying Jeter was too old and washed up? All he did was lead the league in plate appearances, at bats and hits, and; he hit .316, 3 points over his career average. Not saying that the ankle might not be a career-ending injury, its a serious thing for an athlete in his later years, but the gloating of some of the Yankee-haters here might be wishful thinking.

  21. rcali - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    I remember a time when this mattered.

  22. senioreditor2 - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    it’s nearly 5 pm, afternoon is quickly passing and no conference…..I’m beginning to doubt the authors accuracy?

  23. mrstpaul - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    No, the press conference is mentioned on the Yankees web site as well, without any time specified. It also says it can be watched live on mlb.com, and there is no mention of it there. Strange.

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