BY DEREK JETER
"I ate everything. If I had to DH all the time,
I'd be 300 pounds by August." -Derek Jeter, admitting that between innings of a
July 7 home game, he spent time in the clubhouse enjoying food while serving as DH.
"I know a lot of people
doubted me. For me though, I had a lot of confidence in my ability. I felt that if I just did what I had done in the minor
leagues, I'd be successful."
"I need to get stronger, but I got a
long way to go before I get too strong."
just want to win -- that's the bottom line. I think a lot of times people may become content with one championship or a little
bit of success, but we don't really reflect on what we've done in the past. We focus on the present.”
will never brag about myself, but my family, I can go on forever."
"I wanted to make the team, play well and win a world championship.
To do all three and win this award too...well, I'm still dreaming."
"When I was a kid, I was always hoping that there would be a jersey left for
me to wear with a single digit."
"I love to walk down the street, feel the energy," -about NYC
"Love is doing all the ittle things that don't show up in the box score."
Question: Derek, Would you like to see the Yankees sign Alex Rodriguez and
put him at third base to create the best left sided infield in the history of the game? Answer:No, we have a great third baseman in Scott, and Alex is a SS, and he is going to have his decisions to make, but right
now, I feel like I'm playing with the best third baseman in baseball in Brosius-FROM AOL CHAT 11-3-2000
"I remember saying last season that the only thing that was wrong [was] we didn't get a chance to win at home--we did
that this year. Now everybody wants to talk about what we can do to top next season."
"You can't find love.... Love finds you."
make this game... this game made me."
"It's usually something pretty much every year. It was great when we
got Knobby a couple of years ago, Clemens, Jason and Matsui, now Alex. Every year it seems like we get some new guys who draw
some buzz around the team. This year, it's probably a little bit more."
And who will be the next year's great addition, Jeter was asked. "Nomar?" he said.
“A lot of teams, I think, are just happy to make the post-season. Here,
you have to win.”
“I never think about my own stats, as long as I’m contributing
to the team."
"I don't want to change. I hate when people change. I am going to stay the same person."
“I’m not one to sit around and be satisfied about something. I
can always get better.”
“Captain of the Yankees is not a title that I throw around lightly.
It is a huge responsibility and one that I take very seriously."
“My parents always felt if I worked hard enough I could make any dream
“I think it comes easy to work hard. I was always taught, don’t
short-change yourself. Keep working to get better.”
"I’m not a hermit. It’s not like I’m locked up in my house.
But it’s amazing the things that are in the gossip pages that aren’t true. They’ve got me dating everyone
imaginable—a lot of it I wish I would have done.”
"I don't like people who brag and talk about themselves all the time. I never really liked it, so I've never done it.
I've known lots of people like that. It turns me off."
“One of the best things about being a Yankee is that you have guys like
Whitey Ford, Phil Rizzuto, Ron Guidry and Reggie Jackson wandering around the locker room offering you advice.”
"God, I hope I wear this jersey forever."
ever wanted to be is a Yankee."
“You don’t rely on one guy. You have to get contributions from
ABOUT DEREK JETER
"Derek is a perfect example of what his parents taught him. He's very humble.
Even with all the fanfare, he's still on an even keel. You always get the true Derek when you meet him, and that tells a lot
about a person. And you can see how much he appreciates his parents." -Jorge Posada
"He'd been summoned by the baseball gods; to carry the torch, to help save
the team and the stadium and maybe even the game of baseball itself." -Peter Richmond
"What ? I'm just a singer, not some magical baseball genie who can make or
break someone's game." -Mariah Carey
name Derek Jeter is made for stardom. He's got an infectious smile, and he's so handsome and well-behaved. He's just a fine
young man who does everything right. He's like Jack Armstrong and Frank Merriwell, guys I grew up rooting for. Some guys come
along who just measure up."
“I’m trying to think who the best Yankee shortstop I’ve
ever seen is, and I keep coming back to this kid.” -Phil Rizzuto
“He’s a special breed.” -Dwight Gooden
“The guy is baseball in New York.” -Ron Gardenhire
“He’s unbelievable. If he‘s not the full package, I haven’t
seen one.” -Stump Merrill
“You knew from the start there was something special about him. The
way he carried himself, the way he played the game. He’s just all about winning.” -Joe Torre
“When I met Tiger Woods, I saw Derek Jeter.” -Joe Torre
just something about him. When he’s on the field, good things happen. I can’t even describe it.” -Aaron
“If he played a year when he didn’t go to the playoffs, he’d
probably go home and cry!” -Chili Davis
“His best asset is his head” -Jimmy Key
“You really don’t know how good he is—you don’t know
all the things he does—until you see him on an everyday basis.” -Gary Sheffield
“Derek makes this team go. What happens out there begins with him.”
“He is good looking, single and plays shortstop for the Bronx Bombers—
a trifecta that begs for bright lights and gossip column space." -Dan O’Neill
“This guy is amazing, and he makes the players around him so much better."