Derek Jeter appeared at his Turn 2 Foundation holiday fundraiser Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium in a walking boot to stabilize his broken left ankle, but vowing to be in the Yankees lineup on Opening Day, even if he doesn't know who will be standing with him.
"Who knows who's going to be on our team next year?" the Yankees' shortstop and captain said. "I stopped paying attention to all the rumors in the offseason a long time ago. I've said this before, but I check the name tags when I get to spring training to see who we have."
With the Winter Meetings going on in Nashville and the Yankees having recently learned that they've lost catcher Russell Martin to Pittsburgh and Eric Chavez to Arizona, Jeter said, "You're with these guys every day and you don't like to see anyone go, but it's something you learn to deal with. It's not surprising, players coming and going."
As for all the talk so far that the Yankees are a more cost-conscious bunch and the organization is hell-bent to get its payroll below $189 million in 2014, Jeter said. "I don't know what to make of it. But this is the Yankees, and just when you expect them not to do something, that's when something happens. That's pretty much been the norm for the 17 years that I've been here. So I really don't know. I don't pay attention to the payroll, or the tax and where it's supposed to be. It's too much for me to think about."
Yankees' Derek Jeter vows to be in lineup on Opening Day
Newark Star-Ledger | Dec 6