I was walking through Neiman-Marcus, at the Fashion Island Shopping Mall in Newport Beach, when I discovered Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly at one of the cosmetic counters. The Yanks are in town to play the Angels and the team usually stays at the Island Hotel, which is right across the street from the mall. This location is about 20 minutes from Angels Stadium in Anaheim. So, it makes perfect sense to see a Yankee at this store.
They were both dressed in an understated manner, with Jeter sporting some of the Jordan Brand gear he is associated with.
Shortly after spotting the couple, I witnessed three middle aged men, dressed in Yankees apparel, walking up to Jeter in search of an autograph. I moved a little closer as it was clear the fans were not getting what they came for. I heard the guys continue to push Jeter for that autograph, but DJ was having none of it. I even heard Jeter utter the words “you’re embarrassing yourself” to one of the guys.
I remember reading the below iFollo blog entry about how Jeter only will sign autographs for kids. Today, I was a first-hand witness to his feelings regarding the efforts of adult autograph seekers.