Luckily, she recalled, they met during the off-season and had a chance to spend real time together before he had to get back into game mode."And right from the start, I could tell that the timing of Derek's life and mine were aligned," she wrote, noting that despite being only in her early 20s, her job had caused her to grow up "really fast.""The truth is: Just as Derek had lived a whole life before he'd met me, I'd lived a whole life before I'd met Derek," Hannah said. When he was a fresh-faced Yankee just starting out in the 1990s, he dated Mariah Carey, who was more known for her mad octave range than anything else at the time, but was still an icon-in-the-making.
"Oh, gosh," she said, reportedly getting flustered. I don't know what I'm allowed to say."Jeter's privacy was legendarily important to him, so much so that friends said he would ask women he was interested in a variety of "what would you do in this situation? When he threw parties, he'd have guests check their cell phones and cameras at the door.
And he also apparently liked to be the one to make the first move.
Jeter's never been one to kiss and tell, but Carey has looked at the relationship fondly in the rear-view mirror, telling Larry King on CNN in 2002, "I think he's a great guy, I really do. They really taught me something special, because coming from an interracial background, you know, you had the same type of background exactly." like dating someone who had the tendency to get mobbed as much as she did, depending on the setting."It's like if we were in something that was more his world, there would be people that came up to me, as well," Carey recalled. You know, I loved to spend time with his mother and sister and father."Carey may have accepted the ever-present spotlight more than Jeter did, however; a Yankee official is quoted in and sent her some tickets to a Yankees game—but before she and her seat mate, Miss USA Lynnette Cole, got a chance to meet their benefactor after the game (during which Jeter hit a home run), Dutta got a headache and left."I've never seen her before," Jeter told the when questioned about the details, before promptly ending the interview.
"But me and him, if we were in another type of situation or in another, you know, place where baseball isn't the thing they would come to me. "That's it, I'm done."He got to know her at some point though, and he proceeded to wine and dine the beauty queen for almost a year before they parted ways.
"I'd see a supermodel at the top of her game try to get to Derek, and it never happened," R. Long, Jeter's roommate and teammate when he was in the minor leagues, said in Though conflicting reports have her dating Justin Timberlake as early as January 2007, that's when Jessica Bielwas off basking in the sunshine in Puerto Rico while on vacation with Jeter during their brief fling.
In 2008, however, Jeter started dating Minka Kelly, and they got serious enough that even those close to starred Kelly as a young woman being terrorized by her crazy roommate.)They went to Paris together, she sat in the stands at countless Yankee games and even rode on the 2009 World Series parade float and, like Mariah Carey all those years before, Kelly got to know Jeter's parents, Dot and Charles.
And Jeter, with utmost purpose, remained a bachelor during his playing days. But through some masterly display of social wizardry, despite being a renowned playboy, he was an inoffensive playboy, someone who enjoyed the spoils of his good fortune but not in a way that got publicly out of hand or made him the object of female scorn.
Basically, Jeter was the face of the phrase "women want him and men want to be him.""Don't get me wrong, it's not like I didn't go out and have fun," he told in 2011. It's not like I've never gone out; I've done a lot of things.
For the 20 years he played baseball, did anyone have the world at his feet more than Derek Jeter?