New York Yankees icon Derek Jeter has finally joined social media several months ahead of the release of ESPN’s “The Captain,” wading into the murky waters on Twitter and Instagram. So far, Yankee fans have been reliably nice to him, as well as interested in learning more from behind the curtain.
His rival fans? Well … not so kind. But, then again, Jeter never had much time for them during his playing career, so why would he care about that noise now?
In order to properly join the social fray, Jeter went the “unfiltered” route, popping on Instagram to answer fans’ questions all of Tuesday instead of going the Tom Brady Route, otherwise known as bizarrely-manicured jokes written by a team of hypebeasts.
Jeter’s Instagram Q&A was Yankees Fan Catnip, featuring patented Captain-like answers every time someone tried to bait him into breaking the façade (he likes all his titles equally, thank you very much). There were also a few humorous answers, though, featuring some equally-classic knowing winks.
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When asked about his favorite road ballpark, Jeter picked one of the game’s most beautiful venues: Angel Stadium with its wide vistas and center field rockpile.
Of course, packing the place with Yankees fans also helped make it feel like home.
Yankees’ Derek Jeter throws little troll at LA Angels fans
Yankee fans of a certain age may have a distaste for the ballpark in Anaheim. After all, the Rally Monkey Angels took down the Yanks in both 2002 and 2005, ending a dynasty in the ALDS before … also defeating a team led by Shawn Chacon and Aaron Small.
Jeter never had much trouble in Hollywood, though, slashing an incredible .339/.398/.494 in 89 regular-season contests at the yard, while mashing 11 homers. He also got the last postseason laugh at his favorite road venue in 2009, winning Game 4 on the road in loud fashion en route to a six-game ALCS triumph.
Was that his highest average at a road park? Not quite; in 22 games at Tiger Stadium, Jeter hit .361, and in 70 games in Cleveland (including his MLB debut), he smashed .354.
There’s just something about California, though. And that “something”? It’s packed with LA transplant Yankee fans.
Jeter had plenty of fun during his first day of being Truly Online, answering his publishing arm The Players’ Tribune once and for all about whether or not a particular baby picture featured a fantastic mullet.
Actually … it’s still unclear.
Like with everything Jeter-related, a hint of mystery still remains, even after an apparent straight answer. This ride should be fun.