Derek Jeter is now in the midst of his third season away from the game of baseball after retiring in 2014 following a sterling 20-year career. And the New York Yankees icon recently was asked to identify the “one regret” from his Hall of Fame-caliber career.
“My last season, I kept a journal; every day I’d write something in there,” Jeter said on Monday during an interview with YES Network’s Jack Curry. “The one regret I do have is that I wish I would’ve done that my entire career, because there are so many things that you forget.”
Jeter wouldn’t divulge the nature of those journal entries. In fact, Jeter insists he hasn’t even read them since retiring. But Jeter did note how becoming a father soon — Jeter and wife Hannah are expecting the couple’s first child, a daughter — will likely impact it.
“It’s locked up and I haven’t looked,” Jeter said. “I’m going to be a father soon, so I’m sure one day when I sit down with my kid–or kids, if there’s multiple–I’ll get a chance to reflect and maybe brag like my dad used to do when I was younger.”
Jeter not surprisingly looks back fondly on his playing days. The fact Jeter enjoyed a tremendously successful career that goes unparalleled — a five-time World Series winner and 14-time All-Star — probably makes that pretty easy to do.
“No one had more fun than I did. You’re playing a game,” Jeter said. “I understand that it is your job, it’s your profession. You have a lot of responsibilities. But at the same time, you’re playing a game, and you have to have fun. And if you don’t have fun playing it, I think it’s impossible to be good at it. I had fun. Every moment on the field was fun for me.”
Monday's sit-down certainly ended up being a far better interview than the awkward one Jeter did on MSNBC with Alex Rodriguez last week, for what it's worth.
Jeter will return to the MLB spotlight when his No. 2 jersey is enshrined into Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park on Mother’s Day, May 14.