American League All-Star Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees comments on the passing of New York Yankees principal owner George M. Steinbrenner III during MLB All-Star Media Availability at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 13, 2010 in Anaheim, California. (Getty Images)more pics »Derek Jeter (Getty Images)Derek Jeter
has been known to receive harsh criticism from the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner
. Steinbrenner yelled at him during his first year in the majors, saying, "Don't ever get doubled off again."
So when Steinbrenner called him in 2003, Jeter figured he'd done something else wrong. But really, he was calling to compliment him.
Jeter said (via ESPN
): "It's a memory I will always cherish," Jeter said. "Not only because I thought I was getting in trouble, but I realized what that title [of captain] meant to him and to this Yankees organization."
After that, Jeter began looking up to Steinbrenner as a father figure and a friend. He was "shocked" by the news of his death today -- Jeter had been planning to visit his pal in Tampa this week.
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