For the record, let it be noted that Derek Jeter is doing just fine. He rarely makes public appearances and offers even fewer interviews, but he indicated Saturday that he is not at a loss in finding ways to spend his days in retirement.
“I got married, man,” he said during a news conference Saturday when he was asked about his lifestyle, nearly two years removed from his Hall of Fame-bound Yankees career. “That fills most of your days.”
Celebrity magazines and TV shows have reported on the 42-year-old former shortstop’s private wedding to swimsuit model Hannah Davis last month. He was at Yankee Stadium on Saturday for a salute to the 1996 World Series championship team and will be back Sunday as Mariano Rivera is honored with a plaque in Monument Park.
Jeter enjoyed renewing two-decades-old banter before the ceremony. Afterward, he was as cryptic as ever in detailing his new lifestyle. “A lot of business stuff. I’m in Tampa most of the time. I come back and forth to do some business things here, especially with The [Players’] Tribune,” he said, referring to a website for athletes. “But for the most part, I’m in Tampa.”
Jeter is not done with competing. He has plunged into his golf hobby, taking lessons from world-renowned teacher David Leadbetter. When he was asked what his handicap is, Jeter said, “A lot.” But really, is he on the way to becoming the single-digit handicapper that Leadbetter predicted last year? Jeter smiled and said, “Some days.”
Stottlemyre: ‘I’m doing very well’
The greatest and most pleasant surprise was the presence of Mel Stottlemyre, the pitching coach of the championship team. Stottlemyre was back last June and was stunned to have his number 30 retired (along with Willie Randolph). At the time, he told the crowd he had been fighting cancer “for years.”
He looked good as he rode onto the field in a golf cart alongside Joe Torre. Later, as he was transported through the Stadium corridor in the cart, he told a couple of reporters, “I’m doing very well.”