Derek Sanderson Jeter made his big league debut on May 29, 1995 against the Seattle Mariners and hasn’t looked back since. I don’t know how the Baseball God or Goddess, yes Jeter probably dated her too (more on that later) decides on whom to bestow Cooperstownesque skill and clutch play, but Derek Jeter was not only smiled on by the diamond deity, he was down right tickled.
By all accounts, Jeter is one of the good guys in professional sports. There is a story circulating that when Jeter was in middle school, students were asked to say what they wanted to do when they grow up. Jeter responded that he wanted to play shortstop for the New York Yankees. In 1992, The New York Yankees selected Jeter with the 6th pick in the draft. In 1996, Jeter’s first full season as a Yankee, he earned $130,000 and led New York to their first World Series win in 18 years. Two years later, while earning $750,000, Jeter played in his first All-Star game and won his second World Series in three years.
Sabermetricians have created stats and names for stats that don’t mean a lot to the casual baseball fan. Jeter’s UZR, WAR and DEUS might be below average for a shortstop. But his CIALIS – Collecting Incredibly Attractive Ladies In Swoons is off the charts and allows Derek to be ready when ever a game breaks out; on or off the field.
On February 12th, Derek Jeter announced via Facebook that 2014 would be his last year as a professional baseball player. Off course that means he will be feted and honored as he makes his way through the league one final time. What will the Red Sox get him? A dinner date with Ms. Massachusetts?
What follows, in no particular order are 10 reasons it does not suck to be Derek Jeter. Enjoy the list. Make one of your own. And please cherish the moments you get to watch Jeter play baseball this year. Love him or hate him, he is a first ballot Hall of Famer on and off the field.
10. $125 Million Dollars
According to our databases, Derek Jeter is worth $125 million dollars. In 2013, Jeter appeared in only 17 games due to injuries, and with a $17 million dollar salary, that calculates to one million dollars a game. As the great Sabermetrican Homer Simpson said, “Doh!” Factor in $9 million dollars in endorsements from companies like Nike, Gatorade and Gillette Fusion – Jeter must stay well groomed for those late night games – and Derek earned about $27 million dollars in 2013. Jeter agreed to a reworked contract for 2014 worth a reported $12 million dollars.
9. Lara Dutta
Lara Dutta Bhupathi was crowned Miss Universe in 2000. Derek and Lara met shortly there after in 2001 which led to them dating for a short while. She received the highest score ever in the swimsuit portion of the Miss Universe pageant and during the interview part of the contest, Dutta received the highest score of 9.99. No word whether she interviewed in her swimsuit. Post pageant, Dutta went on to a career in film starring in a series of movies released in her native India. She was officially taken off the market in 2011 when she married Indian tennis start Mahesh Bhupathi.
8. Derek Jeter Pro Baseball Video Game
Forget Xbox and Playstation. Derek Jeter has his own video game: Derek Jeter Pro Baseball Video Game. According to the description of the game, “Join Derek Jeter in this interesting three-dimensional baseball game. You are the champion and you masterfully handle the bat. Feel the electricity of the stadium! Easy bat control and three-dimensional implementation of environment makes the game unforgettably interesting.” Obviously, I have never played this game. From the screen shots on the website where you can download the game for free, it does not appear the baseball gods smiled on this venture. Check it out for yourself here.
7. Scarlett Johansson
In 2004, while Derek Jeter was in a World Series drought, the last win was in 2000, he reportedly dated Scarlett Johansson. At the time, Johansson had not blown up as a celebrity even though she was coming offer her highly acclaimed performance in Lost in Translation with Bill Murray. In 2005, she landed the voice role of Mindy in SpongeBob SquarePants for all the children out there. Johansson was able to ride this wave of success into roles in the super hero movies Iron Man 2, The Avengers and Captain America, where she played Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow, along with highly acclaimed roles in movies like Her and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Did Derek help the New York Born beauty with her career? I doubt The Black Widow will ever tell.
6. Turn 2 Foundation – $19 Million Dollars in Grants
The Turn 2 Foundation is Derek Jeter’s charitable endeavor. Turn 2 is a reference to both his jersey number and the play a shortstop and second baseman attempt to complete to get two outs in one play. According to the website’s mission statement, Turn 2 is there to “create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “TURN 2” healthy lifestyles. Due to Derek’s close association with West Michigan, Tampa, Fla., and New York City, programs in those areas are of primary concern to the Foundation. Since its launch in December 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $19 million in grants to promote healthy lifestyles for thousands of youths.”
5. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey was perhaps Derek Jeter’s first high profile relationship and one of his longest, at almost two years. From 1996 to 1998, both Derek and Mariah ascended to their respective lofty perches in their industries. Jeter was coming off his rookie season in 1996, leading the Yankees to their first world series in 18 years. Carey released Day Dream on the heels of Emotions and Music Box. The Pop Princess was bickering with her record company over the direction of her music and the timing of album releases and touring dates. Jeter made a wise move and took himself out of the game. Nick Cannon would come along years later, go to the mound and in Mariano Rivera fashion, close Mariah with a nasty cutter.
4. St. Jetersburg Mansion, Worth $12 million Dollars
This past year Jeter completed construction on his 30,000 square foot, $12 million dollar mansion. Built in the Davis Island area of Tampa, locals have dubbed the crib St. Jetersburg. Sporting 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, a yacht dock, 2 different 3-car garages and a spa/pool that leads out to the warm waters of Tampa Bay, this house sounds simply incredible. Supposedly, Jeter has a basket just inside the entrance to the house. Each guest must deposit his or her cell phone/camera into the basket. Like many fine museums, no photography is allowed.
Adriana Lima and Derek Jeter were linked together in 2008. While Jeter was still a year removed from his next World Series title, Lima’s star was rising. The Brazilian born beauty is perhaps best known for her work in the Victoria Secret catalogs. In 2008, Lima starred in a Victoria Secret commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLII that received the most views of any commercial during the game. In 2012, the beauty starred in two more Super Bowl commercials; one for the Kia Optima and the other for the online flower company telefora.
2. New York Yankees Captain: $189 Million Dollars
In 2003, the New York Yankees named Derek Jeter captain of the team. When Jeter officially retires at the end of the 2014 season, among the New York Yankee records he will hold include most hits (3,316 and climbing) and most games played. He is the only player to be named the All Star Game MVP and World Series MVP in the same season (2000), the year he signed his first big contract: 10 Years, $189 Million Dollars. And he has a .312 lifetime batting average. Derek Jeter may not finish atop the Mount Rushmore of Yankee greats – Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gerhig and Joe Dimaggio – does he replace one of those? – but, he certainly will be one of the most respected and feared players of this generation.
1. The Double Jessica
In 2004, Derek Jeter landed one half of the double Jessica. This one Ms. Alba. There are plenty of rumors flying around about some “present” Jeter gave Alba, but I’m here to chronicle the man and his accomplishments; financial and otherwise. In 2006, Jeter completed the Double Jessica when he dated Ms. Biel – sorry Justin Timberlake. Has anyone else completed this rare feat? Not that this reporter could find.