Derek Jeter finally hit the social media world on Tuesday, creating Twitter and Instagram profiles. On Tuesday night, the former New York Yankees shortstop amassed more than 270,000 combined followers on both platforms. Jeter’s Twitter account only has a few tweets at the time of this writing, but one was a quote retweet that mocked a tweet from 2014, where a user claimed he didn’t. had no excuse for not having a profile.
Looks like I’m officially out of excuses. https://t.co/DQwmgjU9jW
— Derek Jeter (@derekjeter) May 31, 2022
Jeter gained around 50,000 Twitter followers within the first hour of creating his account. Some former teammates have reached out to welcome him to the Twitterverse, including Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia.
Welcome to Twitter, Captain! #2 https://t.co/74JMRqbP7h
—Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) May 31, 2022
i see you brother @DerekJeter!! 🙌🏾 https://t.co/adDSGE01YS
— CC Sabathia (@CC_Sabathia) May 31, 2022
More celebrities and even sports teams have welcomed Jeter on Twitter and Instagram, including the Yankees, the University of Michigan baseball team, Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew, music producer Timbaland and Brazilian star football player Ronaldinho and his wife, Hannah.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 31, 2022
Welcome @derekjeter https://t.co/Vaj8SFaN67
— Rod Carew (@RodCarew_29) May 31, 2022
— Michigan Baseball (@umichbaseball) May 31, 2022
Despite the receptions Jeter received on Twitter, Instagram was where the 47-year-old was most active on Tuesday, engaging with his new followers in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session. When asked about his favorite memory as a Yankee, Jeter brought up the years 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009 – the seasons he won the World Series with the team. He revealed that the toughest pitcher he faced in his career was the late Roy Halladay, and he named Pedro Martinez as the best pitcher he faced.
When asked about his activities since retirement, Jeter mentioned that he’s been “chasing” two little girls: his 5- and 3-year-old daughters, Bella Raine and Story Grey. He’s also in charge of diapers, as he has a six-month-old daughter named River Rose. He pointed to a playground in the background, noting that he spends “a lot of time” there with his daughters.
Jeter also opened up about his relationship with fellow “Core Four” members Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. His relationship with them is still close, he said, and that they will “always be like brothers” to him.
So what ultimately got Jeter to join social media? He admitted it should have happened sooner, but he explained that he wanted to use social media to share some of his upcoming projects and what his foundation, Turn 2, is doing. Jeter also talked about his upcoming documentary, “The Captain,” which premieres July 18 on ESPN and ESPN+. He revealed that 70 people were interviewed and hopes fans will “enjoy this insight”.