Thanks to his 9 for 11 binge over the weekend, Derek Jeter now stands tied with Lou Gehrig for the most hits in Yankee Stadium history. With Mark Buerhle on the bump for the ChiSox tonight, whom Jeter has hit .455 against in his career, there’s a good chance the lucky folks in the Stadium will witness history tonight.
Beloved by New Yorkers yet ridiculed for being over-rated everywhere else, Jeter’s legacy is being etched right before our eyes. It won’t be long before he’s the franchise’s all-time leaders in both the good (hits, games played, stolen bases, runs scored, marriage proposals) and bad categories (outs made, times caught stealing, GIDPs), the mark of longevity.
In 50 years we’ll be telling our grandkids about the immortal Derek Jeter and all of his superhuman accomplishments. Drink it in; you may never see a greater Yankee.
1. Damon, LF
2. Jeter, SS
3. Abreu, RF
4. A-Rod, 3B
5. Giambi, 1B
6. Nady, DH
7. Ransom, 2B – .368 OPS during the Rays series … that’s what you call “getting exposed when thrust into full-time duty,” kids
8. Moeller, C
9. Gardner, CF – three games in a row? what is this, a tryout or something?
And on the mound, the Mexican Gangster himself, Al Aceves.
Notes: Joe Girardi is blaming himself for the Yanks’ season … Jorge Posada thinks Joba belongs in the bullpen. He should leave the analysis to those of us still living in our mothers’ basements … No DotF tonight; everyone’s season is over