Could Anthony Volpe be the next Derek Jeter? Absolutely love watching this kid play shortstop!

One morning this winter, Anthony Volpe peels a gray peacoat from his lithe, compact frame and shimmies into a booth for brunch in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Volpe, 22, has spent the morning engaged in a familiar activity to many 22-year-olds in NYC: apartment hunting with his parents. Volpe, however, happens to be the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees, which changes the dynamic somewhat. No three-roommate Murray Hill hovel for this guy.

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He spent his rookie season living in midtown, near Columbus Circle, but decided to leave because nothing stays open late. (If first pitch is at 7:10, players typically don’t get home until after midnight.) And so, like any good twentysomething living in New York, he’s heading downtown. “I want to move to the West Village,” he announces. “I’d love to just, after a game, walk around the corner, and get the best slice of pizza that my teammate from Oklahoma is ever going to have.”

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Volpe tells me he genuinely loves living in the city, and says the veterans of the team encouraged him to live here, rather than in a mansion in the suburbs.
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The upside to living in the city is real. There is a special sort of celebrity reserved for New York athletes who love New York—Clyde Frazier, Keith Hernandez, and Carmelo Anthony can all attest to the way the city embraces athletes who want to be in the mix. And that’s before we even mention the last guy who turned playing shortstop for the Yankees into the biggest job on earth. As a potential Yankee centerpiece for years to come, Volpe could become our first Gen Z New York sports hero.

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