Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 1/24/13

Derek Jeter is in Switzerland and it isn't for some radical new treatment for his surgically-repaired left ankle. The Yankees shortstop is finding his inner Al Gore and discussing climate change at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Jeter, who avoids politics in the locker room like a fastball aimed at his head, isn't exactly known for getting into issues outside the clubhouse either.  In this case, Jeter says he hopes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy that climate change is addressed, as global political and business leaders gather in Switzerland, because he's seen it for himself. Jeter, who is sponsored by Gatorade, is a guest of its parent company, Pepsi. "I was in New York for Hurricane Sandy," Jeter told the Columbus Dispatch following a private lunch thrown by Pepsi.  "[Climate change] is just something that's gotten so much attention," Jeter said.  "Regardless of how you feel about it , it's something that needs to be addressed because we're seeing more natural disasters each year ... something has to be causing it." More than 2,500 politicians, business leaders and academics are attending the forum to address key issues facing the world in 2013. Jeter said it was an "honor" to be part of the gathering, calling it "the biggest business conference in the world" but adding that he doesn't try to interject himself into politics. "I know my place," he said.

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