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
-- 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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