Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 12/6/12
Derek Jeter — appearing at his annual Turn 2 Foundation Holiday Express event at Yankee Stadium — sounded a little confused about the New York Yankees sudden Scrooge-like approach to their payroll but was downright jolly when it came to answering questions about his reported weight gain and chances he will be ready by Opening Day. Still wearing his walking boot on his left ankle while riding around in a golf cart with a person dressed as Santa, Jeter looked slim — sitting next to the bearded fat man can do that — and told fans to be patient before they jumped to conclusions about the Yankees trimming the fat from the payroll. "It's the Yankees," he said.  "I'll believe it when we get to spring training.  Just when you expect us not to do something, something happens.  That's pretty much been the norm in the 17 years I've been here. "So I really don't know what's going to happen.  I don't pay attention to payroll, and what the payroll is supposed to be, this year, that year, tax b...
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