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How Derek Jeter’s N.J. roots made him Yankees diehard


By Brendan Kuty | NJ Advance Media for
on May 14, 2017 at 6:00 AM, updated May 14, 2017 at 6:01 AM

You know the story: Derek Jeter always wanted to be a Yankee.

Jeter, whose No. 2 the team will retire Sunday, dreamed of playing shortstop at Yankee Stadium when he was a kid. He dreamed of wearing pinstripes. And he accomplished that goal.

But why? Why the Yankees?

Thank his family.

In an interview with the “MLB Tonight,” Jeter’s mother, Dorothy, said he became a fan because of summer trips to see family in New Jersey as a kid.

“I’m from Jersey, and my mom was a diehard Yankee fan,” Dorothy Jeter said. “The kids used to go visit my mom with my other nieces and nephews and stay the summer. They used to watch Yankee baseball. They used to go to Yankees games. So, Derek was a diehard Yankee fan, mainly because of my mom and he just fell in love.”