Derek Jeter: In his own words
Make sure you take time for yourself. The number one priority is playing baseball. There are so many people in New York trying to get you to do this and get you to do that, which is fine, but you have to take care of yourself.
The biggest thing is don't be sensitive. You can't be sensitive, because you're going to get criticized. I don't care who you are, you're going to get criticized.
I always take criticism as a challenge. It's the way I've always looked at it. [When] somebody criticizes you, you have to realize it's their opinion. That doesn't mean it's true. They're entitled to their opinion. You may not like it. I may not like a lot of people's opinions, but they're entitled to their own opinions. So I take it as a challenge.
I think you learn how you can't generalize everybody. You learn how some people work... You're not going to trick me into saying anything, saying something stupid or just agreeing with what you're saying. There are lot of people that try to trick you that way.
You're playing a game, whether it's Little League or Game 7 of the Word Series. It's impossible to do well unless you're having a good time. People talk about pressure. Yeah, there's pressure. But I just look at it as fun.
Then they talk about, 'Oh, everybody knew in clubhouses. Everybody knew this guy was doing this...' Think about it. The position I'm in on our team... If somebody is doing something on our team, who is the last person they would talk to about it? It would probably be me, right? You know what I mean? So I would be the last one. It wasn't like it was an open conversation in clubhouses about what was going on. I never felt that urge to do it because of how I was brought up. And I'm not trying to sound better than anybody else, it's just that growing up with a drug and alcohol counselor . . .
Yogi started teasing me maybe after we won our third one [in 1999]. We won back-to-back and he said, 'You've got three more to go to catch me: five in a row.'
You can't catch Yogi now. They went straight to the World Series then. I get on him all the time. 'Yogi, it doesn't count. You went straight to the World Series.' He says, 'Oh, get out of here.' Yogi's fun. A lot of guys don't think they can't learn from these guys. You can learn a lot. Even if you learn one thing it's going to benefit you.