Do you know who won American Idol last night? Derek Jeter doesn’t, and he’s hoping to keep it that way.
The Yankees captain was telling everyone within earshot to keep quiet about last night’s season finale, which he hasn’t seen yet but is planning to watch when he gets back to New York.
So far, Jeter has been able to avoid all references to the program, which named Lee DeWyze as the winner last night. (Don’t worry. Jeter doesn’t use the Internet – or so he claims.)
The biggest hurdle will be to keep everyone hushed in the clubhouse, so Jeter has told all of his teammates, the support staff, the manager, and even the reporters — “Don’t say anything about American Idol. Nothing about American Idol. Nobody talks about American Idol.”
Over and over and over, as each new face walked in the door. I had to talk to Jeter about an unrelated matter today and asked him for a few minutes of his time. His preemptive strike went a little bit like this:
Jeter: “Nothing about American Idol.”
Me: “Umm, OK, sure.”
I haven’t watched an episode of American Idol in years, so no threat there. But I told him that there is no way he’ll get back to New York without someone spilling the beans. If we’re lucky, the Twins will have the winner out to throw tonight’s ceremonial first pitch or something — which he agreed might have happened if this was Anaheim.
Couldn’t help but realize that, with all this talk about American Idol, Carl Pavano is actually in the stadium. Is that wrong?