Five World Series rings later, one piece of bling has been conspicuously missing from Derek Jeter’s life: a wedding band.
That’s all set to change Nov. 5, when the Yankees captain plans to marry “Friday Night Lights” beauty Minka Kelly. The ceremony will take place at the lush Oheka Castle on Long Island, a source close to the event confirmed Sunday to Newsday.
Good news for Kelly, 29, but not so much for Jeter’s legions of admirers, some who Sunday admitted to broken hearts. The 35-year-old shortstop has long topped most eligible bachelors lists.
“This is actually crushing my dreams. When I was little I always dreamed of one day marrying Derek Jeter,” said Morgan Bonura, 21, of Manhattan. “Obviously it’s a stretch, but I’m still really sad.”
Abigail Gutierrez, 31, who said she named her son Federek after the athlete, was more understanding. “He is a great guy, and I think that it’s about time that he got married — even if it’s not with me,” Gutierrez said. “She better be good to him. If not, Jeter, give me a call.”
Men in New York seemed more ready to congratulate the Yankees star. “It’s an excellent move for Jeter to finally settle down. He’s an outstanding baseball player and I think that he would make any woman happy,” said Tony Smith, 44, of the Bronx.
Jeter’s reported wedding date falls just after this year’s World Series ends — so there wouldn’t be a conflict if the team were to repeat its championship run.
Publicists and agents for Jeter and Kelly could not be reached for comment Sunday.
The athlete’s low-key relationship with Kelly, which started in 2008, has been a contrast to his highly publicized trysts with Mariah Carey, Jessica Biel and other starlets. The dark-haired Kelly reportedly watches Jeter’s baseball games from his private suite, rather than sitting with the Yankees wives, as actress Kate Hudson did last season while dating A-Rod.
Oheka Castle in Huntington, the site of the singer Kevin Jonas’ wedding last month, did not return calls and e-mails for comment Sunday.