The 39 year old Captain spoke to the media at the Seminole Hard Rock and Casino in Tampa, Florida Wednesday night while hosting the launch party for his 11th Annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic.
"I've been working hard. I started working out at the beginning of November, so it's been a while," said Jeter as reported by Adam Berry of MLB.com.
Jeter has never been quite comfortable or willing to talk about his future saying,"I'm anxious to get back out there. I think that's the only way you can have any sort of success, is to think about one year at a time. I never try to look into the future. I'm just looking forward to getting back on the field, staring throwing and hitting and doing all that. That's my priority."
The Yankees and Derek agreed to a $12 million one-year contract earlier in the off season. Jeter's sole focus is always the here and now never the future especially with his impending 40 birthday this June.
Jeter will take the field Monday a full month before any of his brethren return to Tampa for the beginning of the 2014 campaign.
Wednesday night's red carpet event welcomed was the beginning of three days of partying and golf all to benefit Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation which he established in 1996. The idea of the foundation was to help juveniles live and make healthy lifestyle choices. To date the foundation has awarded more then $19 million in grants to support programs and award scholarships to deserving youth.
The three day event included the kickoff party Wednesday night, on Thursday 18 holes of golf at the TPC of Tampa Bay for the Celebrity Shoot Out and sponsor tournament and concludes on Friday with the Celebrity Golf Classic and award ceremony at the Avila Golf and Country Club.
This year attendees include former teammates of Jeter's Tino Martinez and Jorge Posada, Los Angeles Angel Albert Pujols, former Major leaguers Goose Gossage, Andruw Jones, Andres Galarraga and MLB analyst Harold Reynolds. NFL wide receiver Greg Jennings and singer Ne-Yo to name a few.
Jeter fondly recalled his first event in Kalamazoo, Michigan not knowing at the time how successful the foundation would be or become. It's something his entire family is a part and proud of in this philanthropic venture.
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