Derek Jeter announces he's joined Twitter, pulls a fast one on entire Internet
By JOHN DORN
Upon retirement from baseball, New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter embarked on a new endeavor: creating a medium for athletes to share their stories directly with fans. The Players' Tribune launched in October 2014, and has become a huge platform for sports in its first year of existence.
Jeter was famous during his playing career for maintaining a low profile, despite immense superstardom as a Yankee -- which is exactly what makes his role behind TPT so intriguing. Thursday, Jeter answered his first-ever batch of mailbag questions from readers. There were various highlights, including:
- Jeter's thoughts on the Drake-versus-Meek Mill beef : "I have no thoughts on it."
- The players he enjoys watching the most: McCutchen, Harper, Trout.
- His favorite T.V. show right now: "House of Cards"
- Tupac or Biggie: "Biggie. Come on. I'm still New York."
- And, of course, his favorite cereal: Frosted Flakes.
It's a great read, so you should check it out. But the final question, asked by Alex from Chicago, was undoubtedly the highlight of the Q&A.
Alex asked about Jeter's silence throughout his career, even despite the rise of social media. He didn't particularly answer the question, but gave readers a momentary adrenaline rush, before crashing their hopes and dreams straight into the ground.
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that this is Derek Jeter. It's interesting that you managed to stay mostly private throughout your career even as social media became more popular. I like that it connects athletes with fans, but there's also a bunch of cases where it's gone bad. Overall, has the rise of social media been a good thing for athletes? –Alex, Chicago
It's definitely complicated. I haven't been active on social media, but I actually just got a Twitter. Check it out.
You can go ahead and click that link. But you're bound for disappointment. As a matter of fact, we'll save you the click. This is what Jeets linked us to.
We've all been Rick Rolled by Derek Jeter. Congrats, y'all.
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