Today is when position players report (Ichiro was just spotted heading towards the field) but Derek Jeter will steal the show as he will announce his retirement following the 2014 season. Jeter has a press conference every Spring Training, but this one will obviously be different from years past. The news Jeter is retiring hasn’t exactly sunk in yet to manager Joe Girardi.
“It’s probably going to set in a little bit more because I’m actually going to hear it instead of reading it,” Joe Girardi said. “(We’re going to) see it come out of his mouth, so it will probably set in a little bit more. But I think there’s a lot of things that go through your mind when you hear a player announce that he’s going to retire. I think about when he came up in 96, how youthful he was, and how he looked so young but how mature he was as a player. And what he blossomed into. You think about all the things that he’s done, that’s kind of what rolls through your mind, and then you kind of look at yourself and say, where did all the time go? That’s what you kind of do.”
Both Girardi and Brian Cashman were asked if Jeter would get emotional during his press conference. Both of them weren’t exactly sure, although announcing a retirement after playing for 20 seasons is difficult.
I don’t know,” Girardi said. “It’s obviously difficult. He’s been doing it for so long it’s difficult, but I don’t know.”
“I have no idea.” Cashman said. “I don’t think so, but I have no idea.”
The YES Network will air the press conference live from George M. Steinbrenner Field at 11:30 a.m.
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