Captain Planet: Jeter on climate change

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Derek Jeter, in Davos, Switzerland for a promotional appearance for PepsiCo at the World Economic Forum, made a rare foray into political talk when he spoke to a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch about climate change.

"I was in New York for Hurricane Sandy," Jeter told The Dispatch. "It’s just something that’s gotten so much attention. Regardless of how you feel about it, it’s something that needs to be addressed because we’re seeing more and more natural disasters each year, it seems like. Something has to be causing it."

For a player as image-conscious as Jeter, who tries to keep all his statements on every topic as vanilla as possible, it was an unusually candid remark. Not surprisingly, The Captain did not share his views on gun control, the federal debt or women in combat.

"I know my place," he said.

As reported in ESPNNewYork.com's Yankees blog on Wednesday, Jeter left the team's training facility on Tuesday night to travel to Switzerland for the three-day forum, a decision many Yankees officials did not know about in advance. But GM Brian Cashman said Jeter had been cleared by his doctor and physical therapist to interrupt his rehab work on his surgically repaired left ankle, which he broke in Game 1 of the ALCS in October.

"It's an honor to attend this forum," Jeter told The Dispatch. He called it "the biggest business conference in the world" and an opportunity "I jumped at" when Pepsi invited him.