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Mariano Rivera may understand the the frustration New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is going through more than anyone right now. Afterall, besides being teammates for 18 years and sharing five World Series titles together, Rivera knows the fear of having an injury which could unwillingly force him out of the game in the twilight of a Hall of Fame career.
After learning that Jeter would be out until sometime after the All-Star break with a new fracture in his left ankle, Rivera, speaking from personal experience, had some unorthodox advice for his 39-year-old teammate.
"This time, he has to be selfish and think about himself," Rivera said. "For once, you have to think about yourself, think about what you have to do to get ready. Forget about what I can do for the team; you can’t do nothing for the team right now. What you can do for the team is make sure you’re 100% mentally and physically, then you’ll be ready to help the team."
Strange advice — for and from — two players who have always prided themselves on a team first attitude throughout their pinstriped lives.
Rivera speaks from personal experience. Almost immediately after he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee last May, Rivera vowed to return to the field. The images of the closer being wheeled off the Kauffman Stadium field on a golf cart became his inspiration. From that moment on, Rivera knew he would do whatever it took to come back for one final year.
"I didn't want to leave like that," he said at his spring training press conference announcing his retirement.
"As a player, I wanted to be here in September; if the doctor didn’t shut me down, I would have hurt myself because I wasn’t ready for that," Rivera said. "I like to help my team and be present. You can’t do that when you’re hurt."
Jeter was at the Yankees’ training complex in Tampa for 45 minutes Friday, and while he told reporters he planned to speak about his latest setback when the Yankees get back to New York next week, he was asked if he was disappointed that he would miss so much time.
“Of course,” Jeter said.
Jeter's attempts to get back on the field have been met with nagging setbacks and tentative dates until the bad news about the new fracture was discovered and stamped a more realistic mid-July timetable on his return.
Rivera thinks the images of the Yankees captain crumbled near second base and being helped off the field during Game 1 of the ALCS last October will be Jeter's own incentive to play again.
"Knowing him, that’s the last thing he wants people to remember," Rivera said. "It must be devastating for him. Knowing him the way I know him, he wishes to be here right now. . . . We have to make sure that it’s healed completely – 1,000% — to start doing it again. He will be OK. We have to be patient."
BEST OF MAXIM
Yesterday morning in the Bronx, New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman revealed that a small crack had been found in captain Derek Jeter’s surgically repaired ankle.
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Talk about a setback, as the earliest Yankee fans can expect to see Jeter is after the All-Star Break...
The New York Yankees got bad news on Thursday. Shortstop Derek Jeter is going to be out for a lot longer than previously expected.
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New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter will miss the first half of
the season due to a crack on the ankle injury that he sustained during last year’s
playoffs. The Captain was scheduled to return to the Yankees in May before the
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Yankees captain Derek Jeter will be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of a new fracture in his injured left ankle.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman made the announcement before Thursday night's home game against Arizona.
Cashman said the injury to the 38-year-old shortstop ''is obviously a setback.'' Jeter could be out at least three months...
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will be out until after the All-Star Game.
Sorry Yankee fans.
Any thoughts any of you had about your captain coming back in the next day or two or week or two had your hopes dashed when the team announced that Derek Jeter suffered a setback in his recovery from a broken ankle.
Looks like Jeter won’t be back until after the All-Star Game.
Ouch you know that has to hurt. Both Derek Jeter and the Yankees were counting on a return of the captain more sooner than later. Now both have to live with much later than expected. Jeter will be out with his troublesome ankle until after the all star break.
Jeter, 38, is recovering from a broken ankle suffered in last year’s ALCS. Now doctors have discovered a small crack in...
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