29 Fabulous Derek Jeter Quotes

Derek Jeter is an American retired professional baseball shortstop and part owner of the Miami Marlins. He spent two decades playing for the New York Yankees, achieving 14 All-Star selections and many more other awards in his lifetime. Here is a look at some of the top Derek Jeter quotes to be familiar with.

“Don’t get me wrong; it’s not like I didn’t go out and have fun. But there’s been a lot of players that come to New York and get caught up in the lifestyle, and before you know it, they’re sent away to another team because it affected their performance.”

“For me, when I was a kid, volunteering was the last thing I was thinking about. When I see kids doing it now, it amazes me. It’s very impressive, it gives them something productive to do as opposed to getting in trouble.”

“I always have tried to treat people with respect, the way I want to be treated.”

“I love it when people doubt me. It makes me work harder to prove them wrong.”

“I think there’s something wrong with me – I like to win in everything I do, regardless of what it is. You want to race down the street, I want to beat you. If we’re playing checkers, I want to win. You beat me, it’s going to bother me. I just enjoy competition.”

“I think when things linger, that’s when they become a distraction. I don’t want any distractions.”


“If you’re going to play at all, you’re out to win. Baseball, board games, playing Jeopardy, I hate to lose.”

“I’m not perfect; no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. I think you try to learn from those mistakes.”

“I’m very, very competitive. If my grandmother asks to race me down the street, I’m going to try to beat her. And I’ll probably enjoy it!”

“My best vacation is somewhere I could hide, somewhere warm and not a lot of people around.”

“My heroes, my dreams, and my future lay in Yankee Stadium. And they can’t take that away from me.”

“Obviously, you’re known for what you do. But you still want to be known as a good person. You’re a person a lot longer before and after you’re a professional athlete.”

“Surround yourself with good people. People who are going to be honest with you and look out for your best interests.”

“That’s how you win – pitching and defense.”

“The last thing you want to do is finish playing or doing anything and wish you would have worked harder.”

“The thing that means the most to me is being remembered as a Yankee, because that’s what I’ve always wanted to be, was to be a Yankee.”

“The Yankees have strict rules. You can have a mustache but no other facial hair.”

“There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do – and I believe that.”

“thletics keeps us healthy, gets us up and running around. It also gives you an opportunity to meet a lot of different people, which is very important.”

“We just want to win. That’s the bottom line. I think a lot of times people may become content with one championship or a little bit of success, but we don’t really reflect on what we’ve done in the past. We focus on the present.”

“When I was younger, I was always taught not to make excuses.”

“When you put a lot of hard work into one goal and you achieve it, that’s a really good feeling.”

“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.”

“You don’t just accidentally show up in the World Series.”

“You gotta have fun. Regardless of how you look at it, we’re playing a game. It’s a business, it’s our job, but I don’t think you can do well unless you’re having fun.”

“You know what I want to do? Wake up one weekend and not have to go anywhere and do nothing.”

“Your image isn’t your character. Character is what you are as a person.”

“You’re a person a lot longer before and after you’re a professional athlete. People always say to me, ‘Your image is this, your image is that.’ Your image isn’t your character. Character is what you are as a person. That’s what I worry about.”

“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.”

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