The New York Times has a feature on the outrageously large house Derek Jeter has built down in Tampa. Cost?! No man can say!
The 30,875-square-foot mansion, which overlooks Hillsborough Bay, features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a pool, two boat lifts, a drive-through portico and a pair of three-car garages flanking the north and south ends of the property.
Look, I know he has more money than God and is the biggest star in baseball over the past 20 years or so, but on what planet does a single guy with no kids need a 30,875-square-foot mansion?
Sometimes my wife and I play the “what would we do if we won $200 million in the Powerball” game. It almost always involves a relatively human-scale yet fortified compound that is generally hidden from civilization.
Why anyone would want to build a giant, gleaming white house that fronts a public thoroughfare like Jeter’s does is beyond me. But it certainly does make all of the “Derek Jeter is a humble and private man” stuff that tends to get written about him seem rather silly. He can do whatever he wants, of course, but there is nothing at all private or humble about this Xanadu he has constructed.