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Derek Jeter denies giving romantic conquests gift baskets after one-night stands


One of the great Derek Jeter stories that gives the retiring New York Yankees shortstop such a mystique — especially as it relates to his deserved reputation as a Lothario-like lady-killer — is the rumor that surfaced years ago that he gave his romantic conquests gift baskets on their way out the door after one-night stands.

Jeter, while amused by the urban legend, flat-out denied that he would ever do such a thing, laughing off the notion that he would engage in such behavior, as well as downplaying the belief that women were coming in and out of his New York apartment as if his front door was a subway turnstile.

Like I’m giving them signed baseballs and pictures of myself on the way out! Who comes up with a story like that?” Jeter told Chris Smith, as quoted in a lengthy profile in New York Magazine. “It said the reason people found out was because I gave the same girl the same basket and I had forgotten I’d given her one—like there are so many people coming through I forgot!”

The long-held belief that Jeter bestowed parting gifts to romantic conquests originally arose courtesy of a gossipy New York Post article published in December 2011.

“Derek has girls stay with him at his apartment in New York, and then he gets them a car to take them home the next day. Waiting in his car is a gift basket containing signed Jeter memorabilia, usually a signed baseball,” a so-called “friend” of Jeter allegedly told the Post.

“This summer, he ended up hooking up with a girl who he had hooked up with once before, but Jeter seemed to have forgotten about the first time and gave her the same identical parting gift, a gift basket with a signed Derek Jeter baseball,” the friend supposedly said.

“He basically gave her the same gift twice because he’d forgotten hooking up with her the first time!”

Smith writes in the New York Mag profile that Jeter appeared generally annoyed that such a salacious rumor managed to gain so much traction, but nevertheless appeared to have a good sense of humor about it.

After all, it’s easy to be annoyed while simultaneously amused by gossip that alleges you are involved with so many women that it’s hard to keep track of them. There are far worse rumors to be attached to, right? Perhaps that’s why Jeter allowed the rumor to perpetuate itself for so many years before supposedly coming clean about it. One fact that Jeter cannot deny is that he has enjoyed an enormous amount of success with the ladies over the years. The “Derek Jeter Dating Diamond” clearly makes that case.

But for now, Jeter apparently is devoting most of his time and gentlemanly charms on model Hannah Davis, so downplaying any speculation that there was a revolving door of ladies coming in and out of his pad probably is a worthwhile thing to do at this point.

And still, odds are if asked, TV analyst troll Chris Carlin would call Jeter a clown and a fraud about the ballplayer’s denial whether the story is true or not.