Say it ain’t so, Derek Jeter.
As the Yankees captain nears the end of his storied career, we can’t believe he had the audacity to debunk one of the most beloved stories ever written about him.
In a recent New York magazine article, Jeter disputed a glorious 2011 article in the New York Post that claimed after the shortstop slept with women at his Trump Tower penthouse, he’d leave a parting gift basket full of signed memorabilia for them in the limo that took his conquests home.
“Like I’m giving them signed baseballs and pictures of myself on the way out! Who comes up with a story like that?” a laughing Jeter said incredulously. “It said the reason people found out was because I gave the same girl the same basket and I had forgotten I’d given her one — like there are so many people coming through I forgot!”
Umm. Yeah. And it’s perfectly understandable for an accomplished ladies’ man who has probably bedded as many beauties as he’s had hits (3,463).
Is it just a coincidence that Jeter’s No. 2 jersey is baseball’s all-time best seller? Or could it possibly be that Jeter himself bought most of them for the gift baskets he gave his legions of female admirers?
Of course, the humble Jeter would never admit to such a thoughtful, selfless gesture. A class act to the end. We salute you, captain!
■ IN THE BAG — On the subject of gifts and Jeter, he came away with quite a collection of customized items on his farewell tour, including pinstriped cowboy boots, a pinstriped guitar and a pinstriped kayak.
He also was presented with dirt from the old Comiskey Park, second base from the old Metrodome and seats from the old Tiger Stadium.
Jeter also got crabs. From Boog Powell. At Baltimore’s Camden Yards. It was a crazy night.
■ WHAT’S A WAHLBURGER? — Bill Belichick isn’t known for his lively sense of humor, but the Patriots coach was unintentionally hilarious during a sideline meeting with movie star Mark Wahlberg that was caught on video before New England’s win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Appearing as if he had no idea who the Boston native was, Belichick first asked Wahlberg if he was getting ready to fight, to which the actor replied, “No, I’m doing ‘Ted 2’ right now.”
After the two were done speaking, Belichick turned to one of his assistants and deadpanned, “He was the guy in, uh, (expletive) ‘Lone Survivor.’ ”
Wahlberg, who was invited to watch the game in owner Bob Kraft’s suite, was involved in another unintentionally funny moment during the game, when he was caught on camera leaving Kraft hanging on a high five.
The owner had to tap Wahlberg on his shoulder twice before he got his attention.
Tom Brady feels Kraft’s pain. The Pats quarterback was left searching for a high five partner on the sidelines on more than one occasion last season and has been mocked mercilessly about it online ever since.
Brady came to Kraft’s rescue Tuesday, posting a Photoshopped picture on his Facebook account of himself giving his owner a high five with the caption, “Not cool, Mark! Mr. Kraft, I know how you feel.”
■ PARTING SHOT — We leave you with a final salute to Jeter from none other than Charmin toilet paper, which sent out this tweet Thursday: “Here’s to the great #2.”
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