The Captain hosted 500 children from the five boroughs of New York City and joined Santa in passing out gifts.
This event for our foundation, for our family, is probably the one we look forward to most," Jeter told MLB.com. "Any time you're talking about the holiday season and have the opportunity to give back and meet a lot of kids — 500-600 kids — you want them to have fun. Everyone should feel special during the holiday season. We get the opportunity to give them all gifts, which they look forward to. I really don't think they look forward to seeing me any more — it's Santa and the elves and all the gifts."
Jeter gave an update to the media on his health and the changes on the Yankees' roster. Regarding his ankle Derek has started walking over the past 10 days after sitting on his couch for about six weeks. Now that Jeter can move he feels that he is on his way to being where he needs to be and assured everyone he will be ready come Opening Day.
On the state of the team Jeter said, "Other guys are going to have to step up," Jeter said of the club, which has already lost free agents Eric Chavez and Russell Martin to other teams, and will likely be without Alex Rodriguez for the start of the season. "We've lost a lot of people throughout the years, especially last year, and other guys were able to do it. You can't sit around and hang your head, you have to move forward.
Jeter got back to his guests giving out gift bags that the Jeter's Leaders organization put together at a holiday gift wrapping they held early this winter at Yankee Stadium. All the gifts were donated by the Yankees and sponsors of the Turn 2 Foundation.
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