Derek Jeter on being, well, Derek Jeter

There has been much talk lately about gift baskets.

If you read The NY Post, a newspaper with the journalistic integrity of Fox News, you know what I’m talking about. Actually, you don’t even have to read it, since people are talking about it everywhere.

Here’s my take on it, I don’t believe it. But even if it is true, besides devaluing his autograph, what harm is he doing? There’s never been any hint that the women were anything but willing participants and with his reputation, I’m sure they knew what they were getting themselves into.

Enough of that, I prefer to talk about the classy Derek Jeter we all know and love.

Young crime victim receives Jeter souvenirs

To summarize (and because sometimes articles get archived): Evan Sachs stabbed an 8-year-old boy five times in the back. When Judge Jerald Carter sentenced him to 14 years in prison, he asked the boy’s mother who his favorite sports star was. “Derek Jeter” was the reply. He had asked the question in response to the mother’s concerns about how fearful her son was since the attack.

“You tell your son . . . he will be as big as Derek Jeter” when the defendant is released, he told her.

A few weeks later, a package arrived at the boy’s home. The package contained a signed baseball, signed photo of Derek Jeter, Yankee teddy bear, magnet and “Derek Jeter’s All-Star Manual: 10 Life Lessons.”

The rest of the article goes on to talk about how the mother tracked down who arranged for the package and approached the judge to thank him. The judge then proceeded to reassure the boy that he is safe from his attacker and dropped another surprise: In the spring, he said, Jeter would like the boy to sit in his box for a Yankee game.

“If that happens,” him mom said, “it will be the highlight of his first nine years.”