When New York Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter announced his plans to retire, it took many people by surprise. The fact that he made the move before the season started, startled many people. Jeter's last season has been the main focus of the Yankees Spring Training down in Tampa. Only playing in 17 games last season, Jeter in someways, is making a comeback.
Jeter has been taking things slow so far this spring. The veteran is not concerned by his sluggish start and nether is Yankee manager, Joe Girardi. "Timing's messed up. I've seen him pull some balls, and that's kind of unusual. Older guys you don't worry so much about early on in Spring Training. I can remember Lou Pinella told me not to worry about Raul Ibanez, that I'd see it in the last week and he'd start to hit. And he was right. Sometimes it just takes those guys a little longer to get going."
Girardi is confident that Jeter will put it together as the season approaches. Jeter 39, is only batting .167 this spring and went 0-4 yesterday against the Baltimore Orioles in split squad action. Jeter went down to Tampa in early February to begin working out for this season. He worked with coaches at the Yankees minor league complex and stayed their, working away from the team for a few weeks. Jeter did not join the Yankees, until his teammates arrived in late February.
The Captain has definitely put the time in to make a full return to health this season. He felt that last season it wasn't so much the ankle injury that slowed him, but the health of his entire leg. Jeter who will turn 40 in June has taken a serious approach to playing the entire season in 2014 and the Yankee hire ups agree. Jeter remains cemented as the Yankees starting shortstop and they don't really have a backup plan. They do have depth, including the likes of; Scott Sizemore, Eduardo Nunez and Brendan Ryan.
The Bombers have placed all their confidence in Jeter for his finale. They fully expect Derek to have a successful and healthy year as he plays his last season in pinstripes.
For me, I've said it time and time again, the most sacred thing, the thing that means the most to me is to be remembered as a Yankee. The great thing about being a Yankee is you're always a Yankee, so in that sense it never ends. So being a Yankee is good enough for me.
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