EVEN THOUGH JASON GIAMBI'S REPORTED STEROID USE IS
AT ODDS WITH DEREK JETER'S ANTI-DRUG STANCE,
JETER STILL SUPPORTS HIS TEAMMATE -- "60 MINUTES"
Saying people make mistakes, Yankee superstar Derek Jeter supports Jason Giambi even though his teammate's reported use of steroids runs counter to Jeter's anti-drug message to kids. Jeter discusses this and other topics, from his childhood to his relationship with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, in a profile by Ed Bradley to be broadcast on the 38th season premiere of 60 MINUTES, Sunday Sept. 25 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Bradley asks Jeter, "How do you reconcile [supporting Giambi] with your image and your strong anti-drug message for kids?" "Well, yeah, but you understand that people make mistakes," Jeter tells Bradley. "That doesn't mean you run away from them and you know, Jason goes out of his way to support everyone else�whether he's going good or going bad. So he's an easy person to root for and support," says Jeter.
Steinbrenner is not so easy, jokes Jeter. Asked by Bradley who was more difficult to negotiate with, his father, with whom he made a contract as a boy outlining the conditions under which he would be permitted to play baseball, or the Yankees owner, Giambi replies with a laugh, "The Boss," using Steinbrenner's nick name. "The Boss is definitely harder to deal with."
Jeter once attracted the famous Steinbrenner scorn when he was seen out very late for a birthday celebration during baseball season. The incident got so much attention that it was made into a comical Visa commercial starring Jeter and Steinbrenner. Did Steinbrenner's anger motivate the Yankee star? "No. I don't need any extra motivation," Jeter tells Bradley. "My motivation is to win."
The profile also contains an interview with Jeter's parents, who describe raising him but who also give up a secret for opposing teams. His mother, Dorothy, reveals that Jeter will look at her and raise his eyes in a secret message to her. "We communicate. Sometimes�he'll just stick his head up and go like [raise his eyes]. It means he's going to try to hit a homerun. I shouldn't give that away, should I?" she asks Bradley.