Drew Henson on his lost two-sport career and Derek Jeter

Drew Henson experienced a great deal to say about his career that was not, and these he satisfied alongside the way.

On his life

“Do I trade [my life]? It is tough. Do you trade it for the achievement we all want as kids and economical protection? I adore who I am. I adore the ordeals I have. I would not have achieved my spouse if I hadn’t gone to Dallas. I have these daily life encounters that are exclusive to me. And I have tons of close friends from a ton of different destinations who still respect me and to me that signifies a whole lot.”

On hunting back

“If I went back and could convey to myself a person detail, I would go back and notify myself to be affected person. To not try to control the scenario and from time to time just allow issues enjoy out. And that possibly would have meant taking part in my senior 12 months at Michigan and see what occurs. And that likely usually means I would have absent and played soccer.”

On no matter if he thinks he would have been a effective main leaguer if he experienced trapped with baseball

“Yes, I do. I hardly ever took a hitting lesson. My dad’s a soccer coach and was throwing me batting apply every single working day and two times on Sundays. I believe if I were a baseball participant, Kris Bryant and I have the identical form of skill established. I consider I could have played third base or suitable subject. I desire as a youthful player I realized what I know now, primarily breaking in as a younger player with the Yankees.”

On Derek Jeter

“With Derek, what you see is what you get. He is the exact same off the baseball subject as on. There would be times when I was in New York, like 20-21 several years aged, and at the finish of the night I would get a textual content or a connect with, and it was Derek earning guaranteed I bought back again secure. Who does that? ‘Good, are you house. All ideal, I’ll look at in with you later.’

Derek Jeter congratulates Drew Henson on his way again to the dugout.Anthony J. Causi

“And when I was coaching [for the Yankees], how wonderful he was with the young gamers, just like he was with me. I might request him about his tactic at the plate or I might check with him about when he was rehabbing a person 12 months. And the know-how he has and the way he handles the youthful men. You could have a man who is a small little bit large, and he jabs him a little to get on the scale. He just has a way of major without having making an attempt, it is just in his temperament. Anyone is often looking at what he is accomplishing, and he is 1 of those people guys who would do just about anything for the sport or for the gamers.”

A lot more on Jeter

“I try to remember when I was 19 and was all around the cage with him through spring training or one thing, and anyone questioned him what he would think about at the plate. I keep in mind his reply was so quick and profound. He stated, ‘I glance fastball down the middle each individual time.’ And he’d chortle about it but meant it. For him, he didn’t want to overcomplicate factors, and it labored. He’d be open up about it. If a pitcher was tipping he did not want to know cause he’d screw it up, he explained.

“Come 15 many years later, I’ve received some of the younger hitters in excess of at the advanced, and I tee him up, check with him what he thinks about at the plate. He suggests the exact same detail. ‘I appear fastball down the middle each and every time.’ It did not shock me but just is an illustration of how he was equipped to have faith in and stick to his plan. The capacity to continue to keep outside the house or unimportant feelings out of your intellect and keep in the minute.”

On George Steinbrenner

Drew Henson with the CowboysAP

“A Mr. Steinbrenner tale, in the summertime of 1998, immediately after the draft, the Yankees flew my household down to Tampa. I received to function out with the team when they ended up visiting at the Trop, and we also acquired to have lunch with Mr. Steinbrenner. So we go to the back room at the old Malio’s and it is the Manager, Income, Mark Newman, my moms and dads and I and probably a couple many others. Anything is going nicely and compact converse, etcetera, and about a 3rd of the way through lunch, my mom, who has a master’s degree and has been an educator and coach without end, seems to be about and claims, ‘So George … how do you experience about your character on Seinfeld?’ Oh my gosh, I nearly died. Following the longest pause, he just burst out laughing and explained he loves it. Just after that he would talk to how my mom was carrying out each and every time he saw me. Outrageous.”

On Jerry Jones

“Jerry is great. Jerry is precisely like you feel he’d be. He enjoys his players and will do anything to earn.”

On Alex Rodriguez

“I had a terrific conversation with Alex a single evening. Jeter and A-Rod were being both of those hurt [in 2013], and we went down the road in Tampa to watch some of the NBA Finals. And Alex preferred to converse to me about faculty soccer. He loves college or university football. It was the a few of us and [Andy] Pettitte. Equally Alex and Derek are injured and we are in the identical locker home in excess of at Himes [Field in Tampa, when Henson was a minor league hitting coach]. It is the NBA Finals, so we go to a sports activities bar down on Howard. And Alex is asking me about participating in Michigan quarterback. I know he experienced performed quarterback [in high school]. I have noticed the tape. He would have been a excellent quarterback. But he tells me the a person matter he misses most is that he didn’t go to college. He loved football. He required that higher education experience. But he was the No. 1 decide [in baseball]. His destiny was set for him. But he was actually intrigued to listen to about the higher education practical experience and actively playing soccer.”