We’re getting started here at the Derek Jeter press conference. Of course the early questions have been about his offseason contract negotiations.
“I can’t say I’m any more motivated by anything that went on in the offseason,” Jeter said.
UPDATE, 9:23 a.m.: Jeter said his winter work with Kevin Long was no different from his work with Long late last season. He said his swing will look physically no different than it was down the stretch.
“You won’t see anything different,” Jeter said.
UPDATE, 9:26 a.m.: “When you’re younger I don’t think you have to do as much (to be ready for the season).”
UPDATE, 9:30 a.m.: On approaching 3,000 hits: “Have fun with it. I think that’s the thing I’m going to try to focus on.” Jeter said because it’s a hit milestone, he doesn’t have to do anything different. He goes to the plate trying to get a hit anyway.
UPDATE, 9:33 a.m.: A few years ago Jeter began talking with Long about the idea of taking out his stride. He used to occasionally not stride in the cage during batting practice.