100 Derek Jeter Quotes to Help You Bring Your A-Game

These 100 Derek Jeter Quotes will help you step up your game and help you focus on your goals in life.

Derek Jeter is a Yankees legend, a well-known pro baseball player, and a 2020 Hall of Fame inductee. He’s known for being a competitive and hardworking shortstop. He has a long list of achievements as a result of his talent and work ethic.

Derek invested a lot of time and effort in practice, and he always put his job first. During his time with the Yankees, he was constantly focused on winning and assisting them in staying on top of the game. 

Learn more about what it takes to be a champion through the list below.

And don’t forget to check out these Tommy Lasorda quotes and Hank Aaron quotes.

Best Derek Jeter Quotes

1. “I always have tried to treat people with respect, the way I want to be treated.”

2. “I love it when people doubt me. It makes me work harder to prove them wrong.”

3. “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do—and I believe that.”

4. “If you’re going to play at all, you’re out to win. Baseball, board games, playing Jeopardy, I hate to lose.”

5. “The last thing you want to do is finish playing or doing anything and wish you would have worked harder.”

6. “When I was younger, I was always taught not to make excuses.”

7. “Surround yourself with good people. People who are going to be honest with you and look out for your best interests.”

8. “It doesn’t take any talent to play hard.”

9. “Your image isn’t your character. Character is what you are as a person.”

10. “Obviously, you’re known for what you do. But you still want to be known as a good person. You’re a person a lot longer before and after you’re a professional athlete.”

11. “Sometimes people complicate things by thinking too much about what someone might think of what they said or did.”

12. “I’m not perfect; no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. I think you try to learn from those mistakes.”

13. “If you’re going to win games, you’re going to have to come up with the big hits. That’s the bottom line.”

14. “I wouldn’t call myself great. The thing that I prided myself on in my career was consistency.”

15. “When you put a lot of hard work into one goal and you achieve it, that’s a really good feeling.”

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16. “This is why you play—to get an opportunity to play in the playoffs.”

17. “My heroes, my dreams, and my future lay in Yankee Stadium. And they can’t take that away from me.”

18. “God, I hope I wear this jersey forever.”

19. “You gotta have fun. Regardless of how you look at it, we’re playing a game. It’s a business, it’s our job, but I don’t think you can do well unless you’re having fun.”

20. “I’ve always been very cautious with what I do. You know, that started at a young age. I always had the approach or the mentality that I never wanted to embarrass my parents.”

21. “You know what I want to do? Wake up one weekend and not have to go anywhere and do nothing.”

22. “I think sometimes people need to get used to an idea.”

23. “I get asked enough questions, I try not to ask too many questions.”

24. “You can’t quantify everything a player does to win games.”

25. “You don’t just accidentally show up in the World Series.”

26. “If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else believe in you? We can be our own best friends or our own worst enemies. I have always vowed to be my own best friend by exhibiting a positive attitude.”

27. “That’s how you win—pitching and defense.”

28. “You can’t be sensitive, because you’re going to get criticized. I don’t care who you are, you’re going to get criticized.”

29. “I wish I trusted people more. But when I meet someone, the first thing is, ‘What does this person want?’ And I put up a defense mechanism. But I’ve always been that way.”

30. “You have to assume that everything you do is public knowledge. Everything. Because now everyone is a reporter. Everyone is a photographer.”

Motivational Derek Jeter Quotes to Power Up Your Game

31. “Leadership is more about what you do, not what you say.”

32. “It’s never over. You don’t want to be in the position to be down four runs in the ninth inning, but it’s not over until the last out.”

33. “You’re playing a game, whether it’s Little League or Game 7 of the World Series. It’s impossible to do well unless you’re having a good time. People talk about pressure. Yeah, there’s pressure. But I just look at it as fun.”

34. “My dreams do not end with playing Major League Baseball.”

35. “I always take criticism as a challenge. It’s the way I’ve always looked at it.”

36. “Through time you learn from your experiences. I think I’ve learned to deal with people a little bit better over time. That, in particular, has developed a little bit.”

37. “The longer you wait to decide what you want to do, the more time you’re wasting. It’s up to you to want something so badly that your passion shows through in your actions. Your actions, not your words, will do the shouting for you.”

38. “In order to lead people, you have to get to know them.”

39. “Handle yourself like a professional on the field and you have one goal—and that’s to win.”

Derek Jeter Quotes on Competition

40. “I get nervous watching teammates. I get nervous for them. Late in the game, pressure situations, I’m nervous for them.”

41. “You forget about it whether it was 15-2 or 3-2. It’s still a loss. It doesn’t matter what the score was if we win tomorrow.”

42. “I think there’s something wrong with me—I like to win in everything I do, regardless of what it is.”

43. “I think a lot of times people may become content with one championship or a little bit of success, but we don’t really reflect on what we’ve done in the past. We focus on the present.”

44. “You tell me you want to race down the street, I’m going to try to beat you. My grandmother asks me to race down the street, I’m going to try to beat her. And I’ll probably enjoy it. Competitive to a fault, sometimes.”

Derek Jeter Quotes About Sports and His Career

45. “I have the greatest job in the world. Only one person can have it. You have shortstops on other teams—I’m not knocking other teams—but there’s only one shortstop on the Yankees.”

46. “I attribute much of my success in New York to my ability to understand and avoid unnecessary distractions.”

47. “I remember going from rookie ball to A, to double-A, then to triple-A. At every level, it seemed like the game was faster. The bigger the situation, the more the game speeds up. That’s all mental. It messes people up.”

48. “The draft is a crapshoot, so I’ve been very fortunate to be drafted by the Yankees, and to have spent my whole career here.”

49. “Any player that says they don’t want to go to an All-Star Game is lying to you. It’s something everyone wants to be a part of.”

50. “The number one priority is playing baseball. There are so many people in New York trying to get you to do this and get you to do that, which is fine, but you have to take care of yourself.”

51. “I’m a New Yorker now, and believe me, there’s no comparison between the Big Apple and Kalamazoo, no similarity at all. New York City’s hectic, always in fast-forward, and Kalamazoo’s more laid-back, smaller, slower.”

52. “I always appreciated the ex-players. Being a Yankee, you get spoiled. Old-Timers Day, all these guys coming back, spring training, being around them, you get a chance to get to know them. So I always think you learn a lot by listening.”

53. “I’ve never been an actor on Broadway, but it feels like you’re on a stage when you play at Yankee Stadium. And that’s the feeling I’ve always had.”

54. “It doesn’t feel different being here. I feel like I’m on an All-Star team every day.”

55. “It took him 75 steps to get from third to home. I thought we were going to have to go out there and help him. A lot of players start thinking double then maybe wind up with a triple because the outfielder slips.”

56. “The guy’s ridiculous. No one hits home runs like that. I’m telling you, man, it’s ridiculous.”

57. “No former player has owned a team in baseball.”

58. “Athletics keeps us healthy, gets us up and running around. It also gives you an opportunity to meet a lot of different people, which is very important.”

Derek Jeter Quotes That’ll Tell You More About His Personality

59. “I think when things linger, that’s when they become a distraction. I don’t want any distractions.”

60. “I try to stay as private as possible; I know that’s difficult, especially playing here in New York, but I will make an attempt at it.”

61. “I try to sign for as many kids as possible. Kids come first, and I’ll always sign for a kid before an adult. It’s funny because I was never big into autographs as a kid. The only player who I ever wanted an autograph from was Dave Winfield.”

62. “I’ve always had an interest in business, and my interest in business has really expanded over the years.”

63. “There’s feelings there, but I think I’ve just been pretty good at trying to hide my emotions throughout the years. I try to have the same demeanor each and every day.”

64. “For me, when I was a kid, volunteering was the last thing I was thinking about. When I see kids doing it now, it amazes me. It’s very impressive, it gives them something productive to do as opposed to getting in trouble. For them to take time out at such a young age is remarkable. I think all kids should take a little time out to volunteer.”

65. “I’ve always been very aware of what I’m saying, but I’m also aware of what you’re saying. I always want to make sure that my point is clear.”

66. “Don’t get me wrong; it’s not like I didn’t go out and have fun. But there’s been a lot of players that come to New York and get caught up in the lifestyle, and before you know it, they’re sent away to another team because it affects their performance.”

67. “If I put my name on something, I’m going to be involved. I’m not just going to put my name on it and not pay attention.”

68. “I think, a lot of times, players get in trouble when they’re asked questions and they think they have to find a way to answer it. If you ask me a question and I say, ‘I don’t know,’ there’s really no follow-up.”

69. “I don’t really see myself getting a Twitter account. Nothing against it. I get it. I especially get it for businesses.”

70. “Yankee Stadium is my favorite stadium; I’m not going to lie to you. There’s a certain feeling you get in Yankee Stadium.”

71. “I like to dance and sing when there’s no one around, but, if I’m out, I’m really shy about it. So it takes a lot to get me going, but I enjoy being around music.”

72. “I’ve always been uncomfortable, so to speak, when the focus is on me.”

Derek Jeter Quotes to Give Insight Into His Family Life

73. “My dad had been a shortstop when he was in college, and you know, when you’re a kid, you want to be just like your dad.”

74. “I looked up to my parents because they were very successful in what they wanted to do. I was lucky; I didn’t have to look far for role models.”

75. “What kind of influence did my parents have on my life? Well, they had the most influence. These are the people who are closest to me. My parents are very positive people. They’ve been supportive. They’re always there.”

Derek Jeter Quotes on His Hobbies and Interests

76. “I like to hit the gym early in the morning. I feel better throughout the day when I get in a workout first thing in the morning.”

77. “So many people are insanely busy nowadays, and it’s easy to say, ‘Ah, I’ll workout tomorrow.’ But you have to set aside time and stick to that schedule.”

78. “My best vacation is somewhere I could hide, somewhere warm and not a lot of people around.”

79. “Walking around sometimes, I would love to just be able to watch people, see how they act. Sometimes I would love to be invisible.”

80. “I’m not a hermit, but I definitely stay in a lot more than I used to. There’s more attention now than there ever was. You walk down the street with someone and it’s a story. It becomes national news, you know what I mean? So, I still do things, but I stay home a lot more.”

81. “I hate the treadmill. I hate it. You really don’t have to be on it that long, something like 20 or 30 minutes. It’s all about getting your heart rate up.”

82. “You hear about women buying shoes? I buy DVDs. I definitely have a problem.”

83. “I can have fun anywhere, as long as I’m with good people. But in the offseason, I like to go somewhere warm, a nice spot in the Caribbean.”

84. “During the off-season, I go to the movies almost every day.”

85. “I can see how people work out to feel better.”

Short but Profound Derek Jeter Quotes

86. “Kids are our future.”

87. “Everyone fears rejection.”

88. “Not everybody’s a baseball fan.”

89. “I don’t listen to opinions.”

90. “I want to have a family.”

91. “I have feelings. I’m not emotionally stunted.”

Derek Jeter Quotes on His Goals

92. “The thing that means the most to me is being remembered as a Yankee because that’s what I’ve always wanted to be, was to be a Yankee.”

93. “I want to own a team one day. You know, that’s my next goal.”

94. “I’d like to get a degree. Have you ever seen the movie ‘Back to School?’ I’ll go back with my kids.”

Funny Derek Jeter Quotes to Make You Laugh

95. “The first thing to know about playing baseball in Michigan is, Michigan’s really cold.”

96. “I think everyone is ticklish. You just gotta find the right spots.”

97. “I went to school on Senior Skip Day.”

98. “When it was time for parent-teacher conferences, I remember that I was always embarrassed about what my parents would hear about me!”

99. “The Yankees have strict rules. You can have a mustache but no other facial hair.”

100. “I’ve been playing baseball since I was five or six years old. I’ve been on a schedule, pretty much, since I was in eighth, ninth grade. I look forward to not doing that.”

Which of Derek Jeter’s Qualities Inspired You the Most?

Derek Jeter was America’s favorite New York Yankee during the late ’90s. Many people admired him for his dedication and passion for the game.

He was born into a loving family who instilled in him a strong sense of self-worth. His family inspires him to have a strong competitive mindset, which helps him stay on top of his game. As a result of his hard work and intense practice, he was able to achieve numerous accomplishments.

Derek’s determination and hard work taught us to put our best foot forward. He continues to motivate us to set goals and not be distracted by other things. We hope these quotes were able to inspire you to work hard and excel in everything you do.

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