The Translator: Derek Jeter

February, 24, 2012
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The Translator is a recurring feature of the blog where we present what someone said and what (we think) they mean by running his words through our high-tech Truth Detector.

THE QUESTION: Mariano Rivera said he only wants to leave on top, do you feel the same way?

THE ANSWER: "For me, the thing is, the question is I was asked, 'Do I think I can still do something?'" Derek Jeter said. "If I ever think I wasn't capable of doing something, then I wouldn't be playing. If I didn't think I was capable of playing the game at a high level, then I would go home. If I wasn't enjoying myself, enjoying the competition, then it would be time to go home. Right now, I think I'm capable and I'm going to enjoy myself. I can't comment on what would force me to retire or go home or stop playing. I have a lot of confidence and I have always had a lot of confidence. If that starts to waver then I wouldn't do it."


THE TRANSLATION: "First and foremost, I'm going to avoid your question and pretend you asked me a different one. Then I'm going to only focus on if I 'think' I can play at a high level and not, in fact, if I do play at a high level. All in all, I'm going to enjoy myself. I'm Derek Jeter, buddy."
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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