Derek Jeter is not only known for his career with the New York Yankees, but also his dealings with some of the best looking women of his time while at the peak of his career.
In “The Captain,” the gripping seven-part ESPN docuseries premiering this month, the Yankee legend discusses one of the most notorious rumors to emerge about the discreet sports star.
Jeter, who dated the likes of Mariah Carey, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson, Minka Kelly, and Adriana Lima, finally broke his silence on whether he gave out gift baskets to one-night stands.
“Yeah, I read the article. Yeah, of course,” says Jeter. “You know, you see it, and then it’s like, how the fuck did people come up with this? You know, basically, that’s it. And who would believe this shit? And you believed it!”
He continues: “I remember being at a Starbucks one time and there’s some random guy behind me and he says, ‘Hey, I just want to let you know that I’m giving out gift baskets because you did.’ And I turned around and said, ‘You’re a fuckin’ idiot!’ and the look on his face… like, did he think I was gonna say, ‘Yeah, good job, man!’”
“It’s a story that became larger than life. People keep regurgitating this story that never happened. Never happened,” he concludes.
In 2011, the Post ran a story called “Jeter’s Booty Hauls” alleging that the athlete gave women “gift baskets of autographed memorabilia” after spending the night with them. One woman claimed that she received gift baskets on two separate occasions, though Post columnist Emily Smith later said the outlet didn’t confirm whether the woman had actually hooked up with Jeter or just visited him.
The former shortstop didn’t address the article at the time and the rumor took on a life of its own over the years.
The Baseball Hall of Famer is now happily married to Hannah Jeter.
One of MLB’s greatest shortstops recorded 3,465 hits over his Hall of Fame career. The 14-time All-Star led the Yankees to five World Series championships with the most postseason hits (200) in MLB history.