“Been on TV Every Single Day”: When Derek Jeter Equated His Role as an “Athlete” Similar to “Actor” Jim Carey

Published 07/06/2023, 6:33 AM EDT

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Baseball has seen many talented players since its inception. But in the modern period, Derek Jeter is at the front of the list. The ex-Yankees captain graced the sport for two decades and found success on the diamond. Apart from winning the five World Series, he won several individual awards, becoming a synonym for success and ruling over the people’s hearts for years.

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But in his book Derek Unfiltered, the former New York Yankees captain shared another side of his glorious time as a baseball player. Putting his work as an athlete equal to a TV host, Jeter made a unique comparison with the media world.

Derek Jeter had to say, “I’m not dying!”

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It’s a dream of every baseball player to play on a big stage like MLB. They work all their lives to showcase their skills to the world by grabbing every opportunity. Jeter played with the same zeal till his retirement. Reflecting on his journey as a baseball player, the former Yankees captain compared himself with renowned Hollywood actor Jim Carey on page 195.

He wrote, ” You know The Truman Show, the Jim Carrey movie where he grows up on television? That’s what my year has been like so far. The difference between baseball and other sports is that we play every day, so I’ve been on TV every single day.”

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Given Jeter left a legacy behind himself, fans shared their respects after he announced his retirement. Jeter did value them but found it funny. He shared, “It’s funny, I feel like so many people have been coming out and paying their respects, which is something I don’t like to hear because it sounds like I’m going to be dying at the end of the season.”

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Comparing fans’ responses, Jeter added, “It was great seeing you,” and I always reply, “I’m not dying, you’ll be seeing me; I’m just not going to be playing baseball anymore.” This happened in Jeter’s last season in the MLB after an inspiring run since debuting with the New York Yankees in 1995.

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Jeter debuted in the year 1995 with the Yankees and retired in 2014. During this course, he played 2,745 games and scored 1,923 runs at an average of 0.310. While claiming 1311 RBIs and he scored 280 home runs at an OPS of 0.817. Not only this, Jeter also played a big part as a captain guiding the Yankees to multiple World Series titles. He maintained an inspiring personality in his career, which further got a boost with his inclusion in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Even though it’s also been a decade since Jeter retired, he remains an ideal figure and expects to be the same in the years to come. How do you see this story from the past? Share your thoughts on the same in the comments!

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Saurabh Saini

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Even after having an engineering background, nothing stopped Saurabh Saini from following his passion and writing about sports. With a sound knowledge of American sports, Saurabh specializes in baseball. Before joining EssentiallySports, Saurabh has written around 800 articles spanning MLB, NFL, and NHL.
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