The GIF above is from the first inning of last night’s game between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees. The Orioles would eventually topple the Yankees by a final of 5-0, but that’s irrelevant to this post.

This is Derek Jeter jogging back into position after he failed to make a play on an otherwise innocuous ground ball by J.J. Hardy. You can have a look at said play here. Although the Yankees would escape the inning without suffering any damage on the scoreboard, Jeter’s jovial mood after looking every day of his 37 years on a routine grounder has us wondering what’s so funny.

We sourced only the most knowledgeable Jeter smile experts to help us try and determine what the superstar shortstop is thinking to himself during this instant. Our results are below:

“Andy Pettitte’s testimony was hilarious.”

“I just realized, I’ve had the same haircut my whole life.”

“I looked like Mark Reynolds on that one.”

“I just invited some beat writer to question my range.”

“This smile is totally going to get GIF’d.”

“3-years, $51 million plus a player option.”

“I probably could have come up with that if I didn’t spend Tuesday night stuffing gift baskets.”

“Yeah, I call THEM gift baskets.”


“The Yankees have twenty-five heroes. I don’t think any of them would have picked up that ball.”