Spring Training hasn’t even officially started for position players, but we already have our first report on Derek Jeter. The legendary New York Yankees shortstop is already in attendance at camp down in Florida and according to pitcher David Phelps, he looks ‘amazing.’
“Derek looks amazing. That’s awesome… You can tell he’s determined to go out there and do well. If you had to place a bet on it, you know he’s going to go out there and have a good year. I’m really looking forward to seeing him play again. He’s having a lot of fun right now.”
Jeter’s comeback attempt will be one of the biggest storylines for baseball fans to follow this year. At 39-years of age and after playing only 17 games last season, many believe that 2014 is the end for Jeter either way.
The future hall-of-famer isn’t coming back just to come back, it’s clear that he’s set on returning to his prior form. He’s got another solid full season in mind, and frankly, that’s the only way it should be. It was tough to watch Jeter struggle though an injury-filled season a year ago and there’s no doubt that he deserves to go out on top. However, we all know that Father Time doesn’t care who you are, who you play for or what you’ve done. Every player’s body has a shelf life, no matter how famous they are.
If anyone can come back from a serious ankle injury, it’s Derek Jeter. You know that he’s getting the best medical care possible and you know that he’s got the will to make a comeback happen. But because he’s set to turn 40 in June, I’ll believe it when I see it.