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Fans flock to PA to see Jeter

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He's been playing in the Bronx since 1996, but since Saturday, Derek Jeter has called Northeast Pennsylvania his home. The Yankee captain is working his way back from an injury and YNN's Chris Whalen was at his latest game where fans from all over are buzzing about their favorite Bronx Bomber.

MOOSIC, Pa. -- Fans flooded through the gates at PNC Field in Moosic, Pennsylvania, all to catch a glimpse of one player.

"Being able to see one of the home players out in Scranton where I go to school it's kind of a taste of home, and I just love Jeter," said Long Island resident Kerry Callahan.

The Yankee captain made his fourth rehab start for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders Wednesday. some fans have followed his career all over the major leagues and came Wednesday to see him once again.

"We go to Baltimore, last year we went to Cleveland and Washington and New York to see Jeter, it's been kind of hard this year not seeing him play," said Williamsport, PA resident Bud Haynes.

Number two has wowed crowds for 17 seasons in New York, but this week fans have a more intimate look than they're used to.

"At this ballpark, you're a little bit closer, you know, you go to Yankee Stadium and you're in the 300 level, and it's nothing like being ten rows from him here," said Binghamton resident Laurie-Ann Platt.

And while it's a thrill for Jeter fans to see him up close and personal, it'll be an even bigger thrill when he gets back to the Bronx.

"He'll definitely help out the team, they're doing all right now, but once he gets back he'll add that other leadership," said New Jersey resident Mike Gaeta.

Jeter not only brings a boost to the boys in pinstripes, fans say, but to the game of baseball as well.

"In my opinion, you have to say, he's Mr. Baseball. He's clean on the field, clean off the field, you never hear anything in his personal life, he leads a clean lifestyle as far as everyone knows, and I think that's one of the things these players should do," said Williamsport, PA resident Don Baylor.

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