Even Derek Jeter–who had a seemingly perfect career–wishes he did one thing differently.
The former Yankees shortstop admitted in an interview with YES Network’s Jack Curry on Monday night that he has one regret from his Hall of Fame career.
“My last season, I kept a journal; every day I’d write something in there,” Jeter said in the sit-down interview. “The one regret I do have is that I wish I would’ve done that my entire career, because there are so many things that you forget.”
Jeter did not say what he wrote about, mostly because he hasn’t even read the journal since he retired after the 2014 season.
“It’s locked up and I haven’t looked. I’m going to be a father soon, so I’m sure one day when I sit down with my kid–or kids, if there’s multiple–I’ll get a chance to reflect and maybe brag like my dad used to do when I was younger.”
A journal of Jeter’s perspective throughout his career would have certainly been one hell of a baseball relic, documenting accolades such as his five World Series rings, World Series MVP, 14 All-Star appearances, an All-Star Game MVP, 3,465 career hits (sixth all-time) and 20 seasons playing shortstop for the team he grew up idolizing.
“No one had more fun than I did. You’re playing a game,” Jeter said. “I understand that it is your job, it’s your profession. You have a lot of responsibilities. But at the same time, you’re playing a game, and you have to have fun. And if you don’t have fun playing it, I think it’s impossible to be good at it. I had fun. Every moment on the field was fun for me.”