New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter is heading into his final season with his beloved Yankees searching for his sixth World Series ring.
Jeter was available to the media again this week and when he was asked what will be his biggest memory of his time with the Yankees, one thing in particular was the clearest.
“Every time we win,” he told the New York Post. “You ask me what stands out the most, it’s winning.”
This has led to the 39-year-old fielding questions about whether or not his body is up for the rigours of professional sport anymore.
Any mention of this towards the Yankees shortstop though is immediately followed by a comeback, with Jeter making sure everyone knows he's full ready for 2014.
“This has nothing to do with how I feel physically,” the 39-year-old Yankees shortstop said. “I’m looking forward to playing a full season.”
So why now?
“It’s time,” Jeter said. “Because there are other things I want to do. … Not yet.”
The decision to retire is not something that Jeter did without considering the approaches of other players.
In recent times team-mates Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and especially Jorge Posada's retirements have left a mark on Jeter, as he admits those movements played a role in his.
“It made me start to think, ‘I wonder how much longer I want to do this,’ ” Jeter said. “When Jorge left I was pretty much with him every single day.”