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Jeter weighs in on retirement, Chicago memories, Konerko

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  • New York Yankees infielder Derek Jeter smiles as he talks to media at a news conference before a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago on Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

      New York Yankees infielder Derek Jeter smiles as he talks to media at a news conference before a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago on Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

 
 

Derek Jeter moved from the North Side to the South Side Thursday, and the Yankees legend talked about likely playing in Chicago for the final time before heading into retirement.

The White Sox are planning a Jeter celebration before the four-game series wraps up Sunday afternoon.

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Here are some of the highlight's from Jeter's media session:

Q: What are you going to remember about playing in U.S. Cellular Field/Comiskey Park?

A: There are a lot of things, a lot of games here. I remember my first year coming here (1996). Toward the end of the year, the pitcher (James) Baldwin, we were going for Rookie of the Year, they were saying it was a big matchup. I ended up hitting a home run that night. I remember that. Throughout the years, Chicago has always had great teams that have played us tough, especially here.

Q: How are you handling the Farewell Tour?

A: It sounds funny, I know this is my last year, but I don't ever come here saying, 'This is my last time coming.' You're coming here saying you want to try to win games. I'm sure that might be a little different once you get toward the end of the year, but it's kind of hard to sit around and think about something being over when it's still four or five months away from now.

Q: What are your thoughts on White Sox captain Paul Konerko, who is also retiring at season's end?

A: I respect his game, how he handles himself. He's had a lot of success in his career and a lot of success against us in his career. You enjoy competing against guys like that. I've gotten to know him a little bit throughout the years and he's had a wonderful career. I've always respected him.

Q: You played with Robin Ventura in 2002-03. Any thoughts on him as a manager?

A: Obviously, I've never played for him but his temperament is perfect. He's never too high, never too low and he never seems to panic and he understands the daily grind. He was a great teammate. I enjoyed getting to know him. I played against him with the Mets, White Sox, he was the same every day. That's what you need I think to do this everyday. It's a game of a failure. The way he was able to stay the same every day, not everyone can do that. He's got a good sense of humor.

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