Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 12/24/12

New York Yankees Derek Jeter hits into a fielder's choice against the Tampa Bay Rays during the third inning in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York, Monday, September 7, 2009. (David Pokress/Newsday/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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Yep, that was Derek Jeter and his dad, Charles, sitting courtside at Madison Square Garden watching Carmelo Anthony take over the fourth quarter and leading the New York Knicks to a come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday ... well, most of it. Jeter — whom it seems hasn't been spotted at the Garden since dating former Miss Universe Lara Dutta (remember her) and sporting a fade haircut— watched New York's best team du jour deliver some much-needed holiday cheer with the 94-91 win although he and his dad split before the final buzzer. The New York Yankees Captain was still wearing a boot on his surgically-repaired left ankle,  but looked fit and happy as he watched 'Melo score most of his 19 fourth-quarter points — including the Knicks' final 12 in the last 3:04  — before finishing with a team-high 33. Jeter might have only heard the chants of M-V-P ringing out for Anthony — as the Knicks forward drained six free-throws in the final 31 seconds of the game — since the Yankees shortstop was already hobbling out of the arena before taking any chance at getting jostled during the mad crush of exiting fans. Seeing Jeter looking healthy, slim and out and about is a good sign for the upcoming season and an early present for Yankees fans.
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