When Derek Jeter sat down to address the media this morning, the usual batch of audio recorders were lining the table in front of him.
“I’m going to turn them all off,” he said.
That’s the Yankees captain on opening day, playful and relaxed in a familiar place and a familiar situation.
“It feels like the season doesn’t get started until we play the home opener,” he said.
It’s a little bit chilly in the Bronx, much colder than it was in Boston or Tampa Bay, but Jeter said “you don’t feel it” on Opening Day. This was the first time he’d seen the old stadium torn down. “When we left, the old stadium was there,” he said.
As for the pregame ceremonies, Jeter’s done it before, but it will be the first time he’s gotten a ring on the day of the home opener. Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford will take part in the ring ceremony.
“We get spoiled here,” Jeter said. “We have all of the Yankees legends coming in and out of our clubhouse almost on a regular basis.”
The AP hasn’t moved a picture of Jeter’s press conference, but there is a shot of him turning a double play in Tampa, so we’ll go with that.