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To most Yankees fans, myself included, there was only one thing that could possibly make a heartbreaking, 12-inning Game 1 ALDS loss to the Tigers last fall even worse: injury to Derek Jeter. The Yankees captain fractured his left ankle, and the Yankees went on to get swept by Detroit.
Fortunately, as Derek explains in my talk with him, he now has the “green light” from doctors, and he “plans on being there Opening Day.”
During our chat, the all-star shortstop also opened up about his incredibly strong competitive streak (“I have a competition problem.”), how the team will do this year (“I won’t make any predictions. But we’ll be competitive. We’re usually competitive.”), why education is so valuable:
“Do good in school; that’s the first thing. I wasn’t able to play sports in general unless I got good grades. That was number one in my family. School is of extreme importance. Not everyone can play professional sports. But everyone can get an education and have something to fall back on.”
and why nervousness is good:
“Everyone gets butterflies. I get butterflies. It’s a good thing. I think it’s healthy. If you don’t have them, you don’t really care about what you’re doing. So anytime you care about something, you should have some butterflies.”
Listen to the pod to hear which historical figure Derek would most like to meet, how he’s forever bonded with Rivera, Posada and Pettitte, and much more!
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