Jeter, who became CEO and part-owner of the Marlins in September, was speaking at a Chamber of Commerce meeting in Fort Lauderdale when he was asked for advice on how to cope with the tragic event which killed 17 by TV producer and 1999 Stoneman Douglas graduate Evan Golden.
Golden mentioned the role Jeter and the Yankees played in New York City following the Sept. 11 terror attacks, which Jeter said helped pull the city together.
“We knew, playing in New York, that we couldn’t change the events that occurred,” he said. “All we could possibly do is give fans the opportunity — we looked at it as we were distracting the fans three hours a day. It was great to see how the community rallied around us.”
The Marlins are far from the type of team that the 2001 Yankees were, and Jeter did not provide any specifics into how they would factor into the healing process, but expressed optimism for the future of the Florida community.
“Those horrific events that happened last week, nothing will change that,” Jeter added. “We can learn from it and hopefully over time we can find something to cheer for, something to distract from what actually occurred. Post Sept. 11 we were able to do that as a baseball organization.”
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Following Jeter’s comments, a man blurted out, “Hopefully the Marlins do the same.”
“Thank you very much,” Jeter replied. “We will do our part.”