Derek Jeter says he doesn't "know what to make of" the Yankees' new austerity plan, but he's clearly got no stress about that or recent media jabs at his conditioning based on his appearance at his foundation's holiday event Wednesday night.
Jeter, looking svelte, cracked jokes and smiled about a recent photo that suggested he had gained weight while recovering from a fractured left ankle.
He also reiterated he'll be ready for Opening Day and cautioned despairing Yankee fans to wait until winter's end to evaluate the club's offseason in which the team is trying to trim payroll below $189 million by 2014 even though there are several glaring holes to fill.
"It's the Yankees," Jeter said. "I'll believe it when we get to spring training. Just when you expect us not to do something, something happens. That's pretty much been the norm in the 17 years I've been here.
"So I really don't know what's going to happen. I don't pay attention to payroll, and what the payroll is supposed to be, this year, that year, tax benefits. It's too much for me to think about it. I think you just show up and see who's there. I wouldn't be surprised by anything that happens with our organization, unless the offseason is over and we haven't done anything. But the offseason is not over."
Jeter was at the Stadium Wednesday night for his Turn 2 Foundation's Holiday Express event, in which he helped his troop of "Jeter's Leaders" — outstanding area high school students — hand out holiday gift bags to children.
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Svelte-looking Derek Jeter makes light of unflattering photos, urges Yankees fans not to judge offseason moves too soon
New York Daily News | Dec 6