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Broadway Jeter: Captain plays it close to the vest in Q&A

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) does a question

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) does a question and answer with fans at the Steiner Sports event in the Millennium Hotel in Manhattan on Sept. 22, 2014. Credit: Andrew Theodorakis

Now Derek Jeter is a hit on Broadway.

He took to the stage at the Hudson Theatre on Monday and became a matinee idol to a full house of about 700. Jeter was glib, though predictably not revealing, in his approximately 30-minute Q&A session with memorabilia mogul Brandon Steiner of Steiner Sports.

Steiner asked the retiring Yankees shortstop, "Can we talk you out of this?"

Jeter said, "No."

When Steiner asked him if he could play another season, Jeter said, "I could, but I don't want to."

Steiner tried to get Jeter to talk about life after retirement but had no better luck than the media contingent following Jeter around in his final season.

"I've spent my entire life thinking about focusing on this job," Jeter said. "I'll have plenty of things to focus on when my career's over, but we still have games left. I have no plans. I've been on a schedule my entire life."

Jeter's banter with Steiner produced some humorous moments, particularly when Jeter said Steiner's people "come and take everything from my locker. If I want anything, I have to walk out in full uniform."

On his expectations for this season, Jeter said: "I didn't want to go into it imagining anything. I just wanted to experience it. But at the same time, we're trying to win the games, so in that sense, it's been pretty much the same. As it's gotten toward the end, it's become very special for me. Winning is the most special moment. I've had a lot of special moments . . . Now every time I take the field, it's a special moment. The fans are the one that make it special because that's what we're doing it for."

The Captain was typically unemotional in talking about his last week in pinstripes, but he did relate a story that went back to the beginning of his career with Mariano Rivera.

"We both cried. It's a true story," he said. "When I got called up in '95, Mo got called up as well. He was a starter. He got lit up; they sent us both down as punishment the same day. So we went back to the hotel. We were crying, saying that we were going to be back, we have to keep working hard, and we made it back.

"I'm trying not to reminisce yet. I play a game where you're supposed to control your emotions. It's a game of failure. You're going to fail more than you're going to succeed. You have to be able to control it. At times this year, it's been difficult. You go places and they show a video montage and you feel as though you're dying."

Jeter repeated his oft-told story of always wanting to be a Yankee but added, "Everything else that came along with this, I could have never dreamt this. I don't have to wake up for a few more games."

Jeter left the stage to a loud ovation -- one of many he will receive this week.

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