During his recent rehab stint with the Trenton Thunder, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, along with his Minor League teammates, wore a “special” jersey for his team’s July 3rd game against the Altoona Curve. Despite how uncomfortable the uniform may have made him feel, Yankees GM Brian Cashman was happy to snap pictures of the fashion statement and send them Jeter’s teammates as a sort of morale booster.
We had a tough loss against the Mets, so I was like ‘Derek I’m going to take a picture of you in this uniform here and I’m going to lift our guys’ spirits, and I’m also going to send the message: try to do everything you can to not get injured so you don’t wind up in a minor league rehab assignment wearing a uniform looking like this.’
Thunder general manager Will Smith isn’t likely to complain all that much. Not only did Jeter’s rehab appearances set new records for two day attendance numbers, according to John Nalbone of NJ.com, five of the top seven largest crowds at Waterfront Park in Trenton since 1994 have been during Jeter rehab assignments.