On March 1, Derek Jeter will be the captain of two teams in the same game.
Thursday afternoon, it was announced that Jeter, who is the captain of the New York Yankees and the captain of Team USA’s World Baseball classic squad, will play for Team USA against the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner field in a Spring Training exhibition match.
For the past 14 years, the Yankees and their fans may have wondered, “What is like to play against Derek Jeter?” On March 1, they will find out.
“It’ll be fun. It’ll be funny,” Jeter said to the Associated Press on Thursday. “I hope I don’t see any pitches inside.”
In Dec. 2008, Jeter was named captain of the USA team and is excited to once again represent the United States in the WBC.
“I had a good time (at the previous World Baseball Classic). I enjoyed myself,” Jeter said to Yankees.com. “The first time we really didn’t know what to expect. Once you got there and you started to play, you realize how special it really is.”
It was in June 2003 when Jeter was named captain of the Yankees. Nearly six years later, he will compete against them for the first time in his career.
The Bronx Bombers will host the Canadian team four days after their match with USA and, along with Jeter, will be without Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera, and Alex Rodriguez for the majority of Spring Training.
Cano, Cabrera, and Rodriguez will play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, while Jeter will captain the USA team to a possible title in the international tournament.