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Underdog days of spring for Derek Jeter

Captain as Cinderella Man? With a .143 average through four games, the slipper fits

Updated: April 5, 2011, 12:25 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter was warming up on the grass behind home plate, locked in the pregame ritual of long toss, when an inquiring mind threw him the defining question of the night.

"UConn or Butler?"

"Butler," Jeter immediately replied, shocking the reporter who asked. Derek Jeter wasn't only on schedule to become the first Yankee to collect 3,000 hits; he was on schedule to become the first Yankee to collect 3,000 hits without offering a single decisive opinion about ...

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