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Derek Jeter looks “amazing”

Feb 7, 2014, 9:27 AM EST

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Reporters haven’t been able to do much better than “Bigfoot off in the distance” pictures of Derek Jeter working out down in Tampa, but the Yankees’ David Phelps has an early review of the Captain on the Comeback Trail:

“Derek looks amazing. That’s awesome . . . You can tell he’s determined to go out there and do well,” Phelps said. “If you had to place a bet on it, you know he’s going to go out there and have a good year. I’m really looking forward to seeing him play again. He’s having a lot of fun right now.”

No Yankees player is going to say “man, Jeter looks like he’s toast. Dude has nothing. He should probably hang it up.” But nor would they flat out lie, I suspect. If Jeter looked creaky and terrible, you’d probably here far more vague things about how “he’s a competitor” and how no one should ever count out Jeter and stuff.

So while, yes, Phelps is not exactly the most objective source on the planet, hearing raves like this should not be entirely discounted either. It’s not likely that a nearly 40-year-old shortstop is going to look like he’s 30 again, but — for as cliche as this sounds — if anyone can buck the odds, isn’t it going to be Jeter?

  1. chacochicken - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Jeter looks amazing on his rascal. He seems happier too. I just saw a giant tank of xenon delivered to the clubhouse.
    Coincidentally, we archaeologists occasionally have cause to use potassium-argon dating for some extremely old samples.

    • cur'68 - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      For Jeets they’d have to use the SHRIMP.

    • chacochicken - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      I am just going to assume the thumbs down is from the young earth creationist faction of HBT that reject radiometric dating techniques.

      • cur'68 - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Or short people who don’t realize what the SHRIMP is. There be some sensitive souls out there.

  2. barrywhererufrom - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Yeah Jeets..

  3. zzalapski - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Okay, David, how much money would you bet, keeping in mind you made over $500k last year?

  4. Jason @ IIATMS - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Reports of a gift basket left in Phelps’ locker were, in fact, CONFIRMED.

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Sources have also said, that he got a FRAMED 8×10 signed glossy in addition to a baseball.

  5. 4d3fect - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Just fabulous!

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    I can see another .300 average\200 hits kinda season, but hey that’s just what the captain does

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Unclean Harold needs new glasses!

      • bigharold - Feb 8, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Harold doesn’t wear glasses and Harry is could well be correct.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Unclean Harold has a history of being wrong. bigharold is a Yankee partisan who does not need rose colored glasses.

  7. coryfor3 - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Is he in the best shape of his life?

  8. sdelmonte - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    .275/good OPS/zero range in the field/DHs every four or five games/one short stint on the DL in July.

  9. Ducky Medwick - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM

  10. yahmule - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Its time.

  11. yankeesfanlen - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Amazin’-Beep-Gimpy-Beep! Hey, Cap’n, how about that 5th spot in the rotation…..You look Mahhhvelous!

  12. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Everything about this guy’s career has been straight out of a story book (http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=310709110).

    Does anyone really think it could end in anything but a blaze of glory?

    • gloccamorra - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Bingo. Some guys know how to take that final curtain, like Ted Williams. And you KNOW it’ll be his last year. Why come back for yet one more with ARod bringing back his circus act in ’15?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        I honestly would not be entirely shocked if he hit 74 HR during the regular season before pitching 3 perfect games in a row during the playoffs then announcing his engagement to a supermodel with a PhD in rescuing orphans from disease and war. I wouldn’t put my own money on it happening, but I wouldn’t put my own money on it NOT happening either. Dude was born under a lucky star on a unicorn’s birthday. It is just unreal.

  13. cackalackyank - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Some of those antique cars in museums look amazing too, but they don’t run. Lets get him on the field for some meaningful game action and see what happens before we get all giddy.

    • gloccamorra - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      If you look at the small print on those museum placards, most of them say “Ran when parked”.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      They would run if Jeter sat in the driver’s seat.

      Cole Hamels may be the Chuck Norris of baseball, but Jeter has a 1.143 OPS against Cole Hamels.

  14. yordo - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I believe an extension is in order.

  15. rcali - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Isn’t mr. jeter a little too young to be on the Yankees?

  16. bluburt - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Oh my, Goodness Gracious!!! Of all the dramatic things I have seen…

  17. rastaraider - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    And old

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