Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Derek Jeter: 'I'm Not Dead'
New York, NY -- With the New York Yankees preparing to play the third game of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday night in Detroit, injured Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter held a press conference at Yankee Stadium in New York Tuesday morning.
"I'd just like to clear up some rumors that have been circulating about me the last few days," said Jeter, in front of a throng of reporters. "I'm not dead. I'm alive. I'm standing right here in front of you. I called this press conference. I repeat, I'm not dead."
Jeter was responding to the reports of his death Saturday night during the twelfth inning of a Yankees loss against Detroit. Jeter's body had to be carried off the field, and rumors began circulating that he had passed.
TBS, the cable network broadcasting the ALCS, even held a funeral for Jeter before the second game of the series on Sunday night.
"It just goes to show you what a great team player Derek Jeter was," said David Wells during the TBS pregame, fighting back tears. "That he would give up his life to go make sure Joe Girardi's father was doing okay in heaven, that's just.....those are just those intangibles we're always talking about when it comes to Derek Jeter.
"He's not just a true Yankee, he's a true, true Yankee."
Jeter was disturbed by the reports.
"Seriously, people, I'm not dead. I just broke my ankle," he said. "You can stop putting up the memorials outside the stadium and all over the city. I just can't play baseball for a few months. I can still live my life.
"I'm not dead."
Jeter's teammate, Alex Rodriguez, backed up Jeter's claims when asked about them on Tuesday.
"Jeet's right, he isn't dead. He's going to live forever, right here," said Rodriguez, pointing to his heart.
The Detroit Tigers lead the best-of-seven series with the Yankees two games to none. The winner advances to the World Series.