Jeter's mailbag: Yanks always give 100 percent

Derek answers 10 of his fans' top e-mail questions

07/12/2006 8:00 AM ET

Derek Jeter likes to listen to Alicia Keys' music. (Francis Specker/AP)

Derek Jeter sat down to answer 10 of the top e-mail questions submitted by fans through his Web site. Here's what he had to say:

Question: I wanted to know if you have always played shortstop or if you just started playing there when you signed with the Yankees? And if so, what other position would you like to play if you had a chance to?
-- Tracia R.

Derek: I have always played shortstop, but I pitched a little in high school as well.

Q: My name is Ryan and I am an 11-year-old from Maine. I am a huge Yankees fan and I love to watch you play. I was wondering about how many bats you go through in a year? I have read a lot of your books and I try to practice hard because I want to play like you.
-- Ryan N., Maine

Derek: I probably go through about 60 bats a year -- you go through a lot more in batting practice than in an actual game.

Q: My family and I are huge Yankees fans. I was wondering who you hang out with the most in the dugout and in the clubhouse?
-- Sara G.

Derek: Jorge Posada is my closest friend on the team.

Q: Who is your favorite baseball player of all time?
-- Anthony C.

Derek: My favorite player is Dave Winfield, both because of his on-field success and his contributions off the field through his foundation.

Q: Hey Derek, I was just wondering what kind of music you like? Do you like Green Day? Thanks.
-- Chelsea L., Fairfield, Conn.

Derek: I'm more into R&B and hip hop. I really like Alicia Keys.

Q: Who were you named after? If you were you named after the hockey player Derek Sanderson, who was the hockey fan in your family?
-- Tony V., Deer Park, N.Y.

Derek: Actually, I was named after my father, Sanderson Charles Jeter.

Q: Hi Derek. I am 10 years old and you are my favorite baseball player. What do you do during your spare time?
-- Nicholas P., Yonkers, NY

Derek: I don't have that much spare time during the season, but I guess I spend it the same way most people do: going to see movies, out to dinner and hanging out with my friends and family.

Q: As captain, what will you tell your team to do differently to get to the World Series this year?
-- Marcia S., Crystal River, Fla.

Derek: One thing I can say about the Yankees is that we always give 100 percent. So, it's not a matter of doing things differently, it's a matter of winning games. Sometimes, there's a little luck involved, but we just have to go out there and give it everything we've got for 162 games.

Q: Hi Derek, I play shortstop in college and our series always start on Friday nights. While everyone is going out on Thursday nights, I stay in and get my rest and try to stay on my routine. I was wondering what your routine is the night before a game? Thank you for your time.
-- Kyle B., Norman, Oklahoma

Derek: Most of our games during the week are played at night, so my routine is playing in games. I usually come home and have a late dinner, maybe watch a replay of the game and then try to get as much sleep as possible to start again the next day.

Q: When is your XM Radio show on?
-- Justin F., Armonk, N.Y.

Derek: I will be doing a couple of calls each month beginning in July so stay tuned for more information.

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