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Derek Jeter has a “no cameras” policy in his Florida home

Dec 17, 2013, 6:24 AM EDT

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From Page Six of the New York Post — pointed out to us by Larry Brown Sports — evidence of the wisdom and savvy of Derek Jeter:

We’re told the famously private Yankee has a basket in the foyer of his 30,875-square-foot, multimillion dollar Davis Island home, dubbed by locals “St. Jetersburg.” All guests are expected to plunk down their camera phones before entering his castle.

“He points and says, ‘Phones go there,’ so no one can take pictures inside his house,” says a source.

Paranoid? Nah. This is how a dude can be the biggest star in baseball for 20 years or so and never once have a scandal about him. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that he doesn’t text much with people. And that he doesn’t, say, use questionable physicians with sketchy associates who could one day catapult Jeter and all of his private information into the newspapers either.

He’s a smart guy. He’s going to be like Charles Foster Kane one day, of course. Holed up in a gigantic Florida house, no one really ever knowing what made him tick. Maybe there’s a Rosebud out there that’ll explain it all, maybe not. That’ll probably piss off a lot of would-be biographers and the sort of people who just have to know what celebrities do with their lives (because so many celebrities want us to know that we’ve come to expect to be told ourselves). But Jeter, absent some sort of change, will keep hold of his privacy. Which, for a person like him, has to be one of the more valuable assets imaginable.

  1. cur68 - Dec 17, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Of course its a basket. He likes baskets. Charles Foster Kane had a sled. Jeter’s got baskets.

    • Old Gator - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      This is the Prince of the Evil Empire we’re talking about. I’d’ve called the place Barad-dur, and the film ends with Jeter’s ego exploding and taking his head with it.

      • cur68 - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        King of the Nazgûl, eh? Well he better watch his butt: it was a woman who did in the original Witch-king of Angmar. Better make sure those gift baskets are real nice.

      • Francisco (FC) - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        That makes sense, after all there were 9 of them.

      • moogro - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        He’s getting his invisibility to men thing started early. Now, if he could just find that one ring…

    • sharkmano2 - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      It puts the lotion in the basket…

      • mick2014 - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        Jeter does this to stop the hookers or more appropriate “entertainment escorts” that enter his home from taking pictures & tarnishing his good boy reputation. At the end of the day Jeter’s poop stinks just like everyone else! I hope he’s not a prick to his teammates & makes them put away their phones before entering the shower.

    • deathmonkey41 - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      You said baskets…

  2. bobdira - Dec 17, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    Saw the place while it was going up. Label St. Jetersburg fits. Across the street from a little old lady, rabid Sox fan who flies a Red Sox flag during the season. No escaping the nation I guess.

  3. babyfarkmcgeezax - Dec 17, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    The Hall of At Least Semi-Decent Sports Blogging has a “No Craig Calcaterra” policy

    • Simon M. - Dec 17, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      “Sorry, no Homers.”

      • number42is1 - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        But you let in Homer Glumplich

      • deathmonkey41 - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        I said no “Homersss”

    • nbjays - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      Whereas the Hall of Blog Trolling D-Bags is about to open the Babyfarkmcgeezax Wing. Congratulations! You must be proud.

      • bobwsc - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        off the same corridor as the “HallidaysBicepts” and “Bozosforall” wings.

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        The Hall of Blog Trolling D-Bags is right across the street from the Hall of Unoriginal Joke-Telling Jezebels, where nbjays is the exclusive member.

  4. nflwatcher - Dec 17, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    He’s going to be like Malcolm Forbes rather than Charles Foster Kane attempting to hide his homosexuality right to the end.

    • cur68 - Dec 17, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      So you’ve gone to all this trouble: left your usual pro-football “scream obscenities at other people anonymously” platform to come here, log in, read the other comments, and then make the conscious decision to post a “Jeter is gay” comment. Nice. Of course you do realize this sort of comment says way more about you than it does about Jeter.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        Football. I rest my case.

      • Old Gator - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        Is that another “concussions” explanation? Stupidity can be congenital too, you know.

      • stex52 - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        I told you guys about football commenters. And I got about even on the thumbs. But I was right. All of them.

  5. stoutfiles - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Except there are already funny stories about him. “Yeah Jeets!”

  6. heynyc61 - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Even if he were gay… Who cares! Still a great player… No trouble. A champion and hall of famer

  7. sdelmonte - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    This is a rotten idea. Because I know if someone were to ask me to leave my phone, I’d forget it. And then I wouldn’t be able to call and ask for my phone back because I don’t have a phone. Or the number written down anywhere but on my phone.

    • jfk69 - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      TMZ and other rags will now triple offer to get film of inside Derek’s love abode.

  8. rollinghighwayblues - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Almost thirty-one thousand square feet? Wow. Question, when they say 31,000 square feet in a place such as this, is that only regarding the parts of the house that are enclosed and air conditioned or does that include pool, basketball court, etc.?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      Generally it’s only considered the insulated parts of the house. So most places the garage wouldn’t count, or the pool, basketball court, or airplane hangar…

      • cur68 - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Gift-Basket Cellar

      • Francisco (FC) - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        Jeter: “Ah this basket is a fine vintage: Chateau D’Minka, 2008. The last good one was in 2011 though.”

  9. bkh405 - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Maybe he’s just afraid the public-at-large will mock his interior decor choices?

  10. nbjays - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    For me, the proof that Jeter is smart is the fact that he’s NOT on Twitter. ‘Nuf said!

    • historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      So, you have no idea what I just tweeted about you…

  11. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Or maybe he just really hates when people interrupt conversation by staring at their phones and texting while he tells stories about himself?

  12. dcarroll73 - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Final shot of “Citizen Jeter” – the camera tracks through a massive cavern with boxes labelled “Gift Baskets”, “Unopened Letters from A-rod”, “Photos from A-list Models”, “Old Gloves for HoF” …
    Since this is a “family blog”, I won’t comment on the story of what Rosebud really referred to but for guys over about 12 it would be a lot more exciting than a sled.

    • nbjays - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      “Rosebud” is clearly a stripper name, like Schilling’s “Aura” and “Mystique”.

  13. b3a1 - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Reblogged this on mudasirbaba and commented:
    Friendly smiles
    Labors of love
    Thoughtful gestures
    Answered prayers
    Wonderful memories
    Fun surprises
    Hearty conversations
    Good advice
    Sincere apologies
    Inspirational music
    Words of wisdom
    … just a few of the many, many things
    to be thankful for

  14. historiophiliac - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Oooh, and a basket of phones on my way out!

  15. gloccamorra - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    I don’t know if he’ll turn into John Foster Kane, I just hope he doesn’t turn into Howard Hughes. As for the no cameras deal, he might be like another late-30s guy I saw at Target. When that guy bent over, I saw his Spiderman underwear.

  16. indaburg - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    As much as I enjoy mocking the Jeter mystique and his deification by some NYY fans (sorry, he’s not a good defensive SS no matter how many jump throws he makes), I have to say I respect how he handles his privacy. He knows how to mold his image. The rare cracks (e.g. the baskets) are relatively benign (newsflash: single rich guy enjoys sex with beautiful women–and none of my business). In an era where it seems like celebrities overshare, it’s refreshing to have someone keep it to themselves.

    • stex52 - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      Agreed, Indy. We could all be a little envious, too.

  17. jdvalk - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    As of we know what so many others in the public eye tick through the lens of paparazzi

  18. jfk69 - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    So what’s up with the transsexual maid that cleans house on the weekends.

    • Reflex - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      You want their number?

  19. davidbrentfan - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    What on earth does a single guy (or even a family of 14) need 31,000 square feet for? Seems like it would be a depressing house to live in, in a certain respect.

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