The last time the Yankees, the media and the fans had to watch a retirement press conference, it was Mariano Rivera‘s during the 2013 season. Rivera’s was somber while fans were taken aback as to how the greatest closer in baseball would want to retire from the game he loved. Derek Jeter‘s press conference was more lighthearted than Rivera’s and Jeter proved he could be a real comedian, even at one point jokingly telling his teammates they didn’t have to be there and they could leave if they had work to do.
Everyone had to wonder why Jeter decided to retire now? Why not take it year by year and see how it goes along?
I feel the time is right,” said an unemotional Jeter. “There are other things I want to do”
This is the first time Jeter spoke to the media since his Facebook post last Wednesday, where he describes what he’d like to do post-retirement. He stated he’d like to start a family, extend his business career and do more charity work without the 162 game schedule. Jeter assured everyone his retirement decision was not because of the ankle injury that limited him to just 17 games in 2013.
“Physically I feel great and I look forward to playing a full season,” Jeter said.
Jeter’s teammates all want to send Jeter out on a high note, with his sixth World Series ring, but Jeter had to revise their statements.
“I have to correct them on one thing, it is to send us all out on top,” Jeter said.
When Jeter was asked what was his favorite memory as a Yankee, Jeter mentioned every single time the Yankees won, whether it be a regular season game or a championship.
Jeter wants to be remembered as a New York Yankee, an issue he doesn’t have to worry about since he is forever in the hearts of Yankees fans and the Yankees organization.
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