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Derek Jeter is back at Yankee Stadium on Thursday afternoon, but it wasn’t anything directly related to the franchise that helped him win five world titles.
Instead, he joined his business partner Brian Lee Arena Club officially launched A new sports card collecting platform that hopes to serve as a “bridge” between the long-running sports card hobby and the emerging world of digital sports collectibles.
Between talking about sports cards and a new business venture, Jeter opened up to Fox News Digital about the New York Yankees’ current rough patch over the season.
With a 15.5-game lead in the Eastern Conference that dwindled to just five games before their final game of their series against the Minnesota Twins, Jeter noted that the most important part of the slip was how they got back from it.
“Every team is going through a tough phase,” Jeter said. “It’s very difficult to win. I think a lot of times people assume it’s easy. If it was easy, everyone would do it.” “Everyone goes through a tough phase, whether it’s on the field playing baseball or at work, you’re going to have bumps in the road along the way. That’s just part of it but that’s how you bounce back from it.”
Aaron Judge is also a story Near the end of the season. He hit his 55th home run of the season on Wednesday and is looking forward to the MLS record set by Roger Maris, who had 61 hits.
“I think he can do that,” Jeter told Fox News Digital, adding that he couldn’t deal with what pressure felt like for him because he wasn’t a power hitter. “It’s hard to get a hit let alone run at home. The way he handled himself, especially here in New York, I think if anyone was able to do that it was him.”
The cross-city rival New York Mets are also among the favorites for a post-season tour and are having a hard time closing the door to the world champions Atlanta Braves.
When asked about the possibility of another global Underground chain – either now or sometime in the near future – Jeter shrugs off the idea.
“Oh, man, 2000? When was that before then?” asked Jeter, laughing. “… Here you are.
“Can I see that happen? You never know.”