Jul
10

Jeter steals the show in win over Rays

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Something tells me we’re going to see a whole lot of this game on Yankees Classic in the future. Derek Jeter became the 28th man to pick up 3,000 career hits in the most improbable fashion, belting his third homer of the season and his first outside-the-park homer at Yankee Stadium since last June. The Yankees won, but that’s almost secondary.

Everyone knew it was gone.

2,999

The crowd was on their feet before he even left the on-deck circle. Jeter was still two hits away from the milestone, but he had to get number 2,999 out of the way before he could move on to bigger and better things. David Price went right after Derek to start the game, pumping fastball after fastball after fastball to lead off the first. The first few were 93, then it was all 95+ after that. Jeter worked the count full and fouled two pitches off, and on the eighth pitch of the at-bat he grounded a little seeing-eye single through the left side. The Yankees didn’t score in the inning but that was just a little sidebar, the Cap’n was just one hit away from history.

3,000

Uh, his day wasn't THAT good, CNN.

It could have come at any time, on any pitch. We could have had to wait all afternoon, all weekend, until after the All-Star break, but thankfully we didn’t. The Yankees were down a run in the third inning when Jeter came up for the second time, but this time Price tried to mix things up. A first pitch fastball was wide for a ball, a second pitch changeup swung over for strike one. Derek took another fastball for a ball, fouled off a changeup, took a slider for ball, fouled off a fastball, and fouled off another changeup.

The eight pitch of the at-bat was a hanging curveball and Jeter didn’t miss it. It was a no-doubt hit off the bat, the only question was where it would land. In the gap? Off the wall? Over the fence? Nothing of it would have surprised us a moment after contact. As fate would have it, the ball cleared the fence by a plenty, landing in the first row of the left field bleachers in the hands of Mr. Christian Lopez, a 23-year-old cell phone salesman from Middletown, New York, who was only at the game because his girlfriend got him the tickets a few weeks earlier.

Jeter rounded the bases as the crowd cheered and chanted his name, and he was greeted at the plate first by Jorge Posada and then Mariano Rivera. Former Yankee Johnny Damon and the rest of the Rays came out of the dugout to applaud as Jeter hugged teammates and waved to his family, a celebration that lasted a good five minutes after the ball left the bat. Jeter had achieved immortality and as a nice little fringe benefit, he tied the game at one.

As for young mister Lopez, he was whisked away by security and offered the ball back to Jeter for the low, low price of free. He asked for nothing, but the Yankees rewarded him anyway. He’ll sit in the Legends Seats tomorrow and receive four Championship Level tickets to each game for the rest of the season, playoffs included. That’s on top of all the signed bats and balls and what not. Not a bad haul for the young man, and not a bad first three innings for Jeter.

Starting Another Rally

The Rays regained the lead and were up by one the next time Jeter came to the plate, leading off the fifth inning. Price’s pitch count was already at 92 when Derek jumped on a first pitch curveball and drove it into left for the leadoff double. Just like that, he was 3-for-3 with two extra base hits. Curtis Granderson singled him in one batter later, and the Yankees took the lead on Robinson Cano‘s sacrifice fly two batters after that.

The Fourth One Is For Show

The Yankees were nursing that 4-3 lead when Jeter came up in the sixth inning, this time against righty reliever Brandon Gomes. The rookie gave Derek two fastballs with Brett Gardner on the first, the second of which he slashed through the right side for a single. It was a vintage Derek Jeter hit, that same inside-out swing he’s used for a decade-and-a-half now. The Yankees didn’t score in the inning but Jeter had four hits (and counting).

Ballgame.

Game Winner

Eduardo Nunez did a bang-up job filling in for Jeter while he was on the disabled list with his calf injury, but this game was not an either/or proposition. Both players were in the lineup, and they combined to give the Yankees back the lead in the eighth inning. Nunez led off the inning by doubling down the line into the left field corner (his helmet popped off while running, naturally), then Gardner bunted him over to third. Jeter was up and the infield was in.

Derek was already the star of the day regardless of what happened from that point on, but 4-for-4 wasn’t enough. Joel Peralta gave him a first pitch fastball for a called strike, then he went splitter, splitter, splitter. Jeter responded by taking for a ball, swinging for a strike, and singling back up the middle, respectively. His fifth hit of the day was a little bleeder through the drawn in infield, bringing in Nunez for what proved to be the game-winning run. It was the first five-hit game by any player in the New Yankee Stadium and the third five-hit effort of Jeter’s career, the last coming against this same Tampa Bay franchise in 2005. We’re always going to remember that homer, the milestone blast, but it was this final hit that decided the game.

Curtis was wincing a pain a bit after crashing into the wall.

Leftovers

Oh by the way, some other players played in this game as well. A.J. Burnett was getting swings and misses like they were going out of style (16 in 89 pitches, 18%) during his 5.2 IP of work, striking out nine. Just 11 of the 23 men he faced put the ball in play, but two of those balls in play were homeruns. The first was a monster solo shot by Matt Joyce into the suite level in right, the second a two-run oppo bomb by B.J. Upton. The nine strikeouts were Burnett’s most since September 23rd of 2009, when he fanned eleven Angels. His stuff has looked especially nasty in his last two or three outings, but he’s still prone to that one big mistake.

Boone Logan and Cory Wade each retired two batters before David Robertson blew the one-run lead in the eighth. He’s done a great job of wiggling out of jams, but pitching around a Damon leadoff triple (assisted by Granderson slipping on the warning track) was just too much to ask. Ben Zobrist singled to the tie the game, but otherwise Robertson pitched out of the inning. Mo was perfect in the ninth, retiring the side on just eleven pitches.

The Yankees really worked Price hard in this one, knocking him out after just five innings. He threw 19 pitches in the first, 25 pitches in the second, 33 pitches in the third, 19 pitches in the fourth, and 16 pitches in the fifth for a total of 112. Granderson had the single and walk, Mark Teixiera two hits and a walk, and Russell Martin a hit and two walks. Andruw Jones and Gardner chipped in walks and Nunez had the double. Cano did not reach base but got hit by a pitch and had the sac fly. Jeter and Gardner also stole bases, one each.

For the first time since May of 2009, Jeter has an extra base hit in four consecutive games. He’s gone 9-for-23 (.391) with four doubles and a homer since coming off the disabled list, and it seems like he’s swinging the bat way better than he did before the injury. Derek mentioned after the game that he worked on staying back while on rehab, so maybe that did it. I really don’t care what it is, but I’m enjoying this vintage 1999 model of the Cap’n.

The win is just the Yankees’ second in their last six games, but it’s also their 13th in their last 19 games. Sunday’s game would be a fine one to win so that we can all head into the All-Star break feeling good about where the team sits.

WPA Graph & Box Score

All Jeter, all the time. MLB.com has the box score and video, FanGraphs whatever else your heart desires.

Up Next

CC Sabathia will start the rubber game of this makeshift three-game series a little later today. Jamie Shields gets the ball for Tampa. If you want to head out to the Stadium, RAB Tickets can get you there on the cheap.

Categories : Game Stories
  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    CNN forgot “hit on.” In their screen cap. Coincidencially I plan on doing just that to blondes tonight.

  • BigBlueAL

    I was born in 1980 so as a little kid when I lived in NY I grew up idolizing Don Mattingly and Dave Righetti while also liking Dave Winfield and Rickey Henderson.

    As I moved into my high-school years (unfortunately no longer living in NY) and the Torre years started Bernie Williams and of course Derek Jeter became my favorite players with Jeter ultimately becoming quite easily my favorite baseball player ever.

    Its been a privilege to have watched Jeter’s entire career. He is the best Yankee Ive ever seen and most likely will be the best Yankee player I will ever see in my lifetime. Congrats to Jeter, he deserves all the accolades he gets.

  • first time lawng time

    Just a few thoughts…
    1. Nice day for Jeter
    2. Nice win
    3. AJ…9 strikeouts…another good outing!!!!!
    4. Flaherty in the booth…really YES? Total damper on the game…

    • CMP

      Hate to break it to you but 3 runs in 5.2 innings is hardly a “good” outing epecially considering the 3 runs he gave up were on 2 long home runs.

      • Will

        He only allowed 3 balls out of the infield. AJ was dominant, minus one pitch to Joyce (Uptons HR is an out in basically every other MLB park.)

      • SDM

        Dude AJ made 2 mistakes his outing….sad part is that it seems that for any other pitcher, those mistakes might get fouled off or hit for 1 or 2 bases ….AJ’s mistakes always seem to clear the fences.

        • CMP

          So now Luck is the reason AJ continues to underperform?

          We’ve been hearing for years how great his stuff is but for the last 2 seasons, the results haven’t been there. The 9 Ks were nice but unless MLB changes the rules and give extra credit for them, 3 runs in 5.2 is below how an average starter is expected perform 2011. He still has an FIP of 4.54 and an ERA+ of 99, and only 0.9 WAR through 19 starts. The best thing you can say is he’s been durable, he’s been eating some innings while keeping the team in most games but he’s still been pretty much average (really a little below) this year.

          • Greg

            He was 1/3 innings away from a quality start.

          • SDM

            I’m not saying anything more than an observation, but really you need to relax all you ever do is whine. AJ did not pitch bad, despite your bias against the guy. 3 hits, one was a groundball dribbler, the other two were mistakes that were took him deep. His xfip is 3.85 he has a good gb % his K’s are up, he is effectively using a changeup and has been moving towards being a 3 pitch pitcher all season. Most important is that he doesn’t break when things got tough. The things that I can say he hasn’t done well with are the Walks and the homeruns (hr’s of course are very big portion in FIP) but as long as the damage is limited to one run or a two run shots, like most of his have been it doesn’t hurt the team much in the long run.

            • CMP

              If you’re happy with his mediocre performance that’s your problem. Rationalize it any way you want but the numbers don’t lie. He’s been less than average this year and his paltry 0.9 WAR ranks him somewhere around 85 of about 110 starters who qualify according to fan graphs and his ERA, ERA+ and FIP are all below league average.

              As for whining about AJ, I didn’t start a thread attacking AJ. I responded to a comment praising him for giving up 3 runs in 5.2 innings. If you don’t like my comments, no one if forcing you to read them.

    • http://facebook.com/andrewjcalagna Drew

      I absolutely hate Flaherty in the booth, hes just the worst ever. I really dislike him and Lieter.

      • http://twitter.com/yanksnats4ever Alex C.

        Leiter is good. Only Flaherty I can’t stand at all. BORING.

        • Will

          I really enjoy Leiter in the booth, Flaherty not so much. But both of them, I think, are much, much better when there is a 3rd announcer in the booth—in particular, the Leiter-Cone-Kay combo has been fantastic this year. And Flaherty-O’Neill-Kay usually makes Flaherty bearable.

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            Singleton-Coney-Leiter FTW

            • Slugger27

              Never understood why everyone loves singleton. He’s probably the only one of the bunch that’s more boring/vanilla than flaherty.

          • Will

            Speaking of YES announcers, does anyone know what happened to Ken Singleton? Unless I’m remembering incorrectly, I don’t think he’s done a game since the series in Oakland at the end of May.

            • http://Facebook.com/andrewjcalagna Drew

              His mother passed away, so I’m assuming he is taking some time off.
              My ultimate booth would be, Singleton O’Neill and Cone. Michael Kay is slowly becoming John Sterling with all his stupid catch phrases and what not. Just call the freaking ball game, I turned on YES to watch the Yankees not to listen to you scream like an asshole everytime there is a fly ball to right field.

              • Girardi Must Go

                Kay: “In case this is the first time watching this game, if you bunt foul with two strikes that’s an out”

                Thank you Michael. Thank you.

  • jay h

    when they had the highlights on baseball tonight, mark mulder was gushing about jeter, complete opposite of yankee bashing

    • Kiko Jones

      Jeter love is the exception to the ESPN Yankee-bashing rule.

      • Rookie

        Why is Jeter love the exception to the ESPN Yankee-bashing rule?

        My opinion:

        Probably because of the Jeter/Torre alliance/man crush and that ESPN could always count on Jeter to either back up Torre or not come to the Yankees’ defense when Torre was bashing Steinbrenner and the Yankees — which was pretty much always.

      • Greg

        Red Sox fans may hate him but they respect him. So does ESPN.

        • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

          Mets fans have been worse than Red Sox fans about this. Like way, way worse.

  • Greg Golson’s Laser Rocket Arm

    Cano reached base via a Hit By Pitch in the 2nd inning

    This game was amazing, I don’t know if there is much to compare to it

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    If I had to describe that moment, I would say that it was picture perfect. Derek Jeter really deserved this milestone. Here’s to many more hits in the future.

    Also, It was a very important win. The Yankees can’t let the Rays creep too close to them if they want to make the playoffs.

    • Greg

      I didn’t want to say much needed win, but it was important.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Big CC tomorrow.

    Could really put a big !exclamation! point on him being snubbed for the All-Star game.

  • dkidd

    don’t know if it’s just me, but one of my favorite things in sports is players showing true joy for a teammate’s accomplishment. i love pictures of the pile after cone’s perfect game etc. i loved the dugout reaction today, swisher going crazy etc. today was just an amazing day. are there really people out there who don’t follow sports?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I think this kind of milestone game is the perfect kind for Derek Jeter. He needs 2 hits for 3000, he gets 5. It comes in a win, which is what he’s all about. People have been bitching about his lack of power, he hits a no-doubt home run. He also had the game winning RBI to beat a division rival. A game like this can go a long way into convincing the doubters that Derek Jeter still has 2009 in him.

    • Evan3457

      He probably doesn’t have 2009 in him; that year is either the 2nd or 3rd best season of his career (depending on how you judge things).

      I would be tremendously happy if he could get back 1/3 of the gap between 2010 and 2009, because that would leave him at .291/.362/.402 for the season, which means he’d have hit about .309/.389/.444 the rest of the way.

    • Zack D

      It’s been over 1000 PAs of decline performance since 2009, why should does 5 ABs “go a long way to convince doubters”?

      I remember when his 2-HR was the “turning point” and doubters were wrong, then he hit .245/.318/.302 in his next 157 PAs until he hit the DL.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        It’s more just how he’s been since coming back from the DL. He’s been hitting the ball much harder than he had been the whole year.

        • Greg

          +10000

          He has looked more comfortable at the plate since he came back and has driven the ball better. I dont think this game was as much of an aborration as a lot of people might think.

    • mbonzo

      He’s certainly figured something out.

  • http://www.simdynasty.com/index.jsp?refer=Jeety jeety

    A thousand more to go… oh hell… to infinity and beyond!

  • Erica

    I was at this game today.

    Prior to the game, I could sense the air just felt… different. The electricity, the vibe… everything. This felt big.

    And when 2,999 happened? The Stadium roared. When 3,000 sailed into the bleachers, it seemed that the crowd paused for a moment to make sure that yes, this indeed happened. And then the place erupted, bellowing with pride.

    It was beautiful.

    As a 24 year old, I grew up watching Derek Jeter. To see someone accomplish a milestone in front of my eyes in the fashion he did means more than I can describe.

    What a wonderful, fantastic accomplishment for Jeter. What a great celebration by his team. I couldn’t be happier for Jeter and to be a fan right now.

    • Phife Dawg

      Game of the year.

      As I 19 year college kid, Im young enough to remember watching the Yankees past the 2001 WS but not quite old enough to remember watching the Dynasty years. Derek Jeter has been one of the few constants during the past decade of change and watching him hit the HR today brought me to tearing up as he was rounding the bases; it was a truly joyous and amazing moment to watch unfold.

      • Erica

        It’s one of those defining moments that words can’t describe – as cliche as it sounds. I feel like we can all write the most beautiful things about this day, but it’s that one emotion… we’re all feeling it now… we can’t describe it. I’m babbling. I’m exhausted.

        It was all just SO GREAT!

    • mbonzo

      Well said.

      We had a lot of doubt going in to this game. I’m not the kind of person that would buy tickets, just to see a possible milestone, and the odds of a multi-hit game from Jeter led me to expect a typical Yankee game with Jeter possibly inching closer to a statistical milestone.

      But entering the stands, and hearing the creatures chant Jeter’s name just a bit longer to a sellout crowd where even the legends seats were full, made things seem just a bit different. It wasn’t until Bob Shepard came over the speakers that every one of the 48,103 people came to their feet, and you realize that something amazing could happen for Jeter. The sheer size of the crowd, chanting his name with a thick New York accent, and feeling the metal of the seats vibrate from the clapping was bone chilling.

      Amongst all the chaos of noise, it all came to an eerie pause as he nodded his head to the pitcher and took strike one. The first hit was the loudest I have ever heard the stadium, as if it became one giant fan bellowing. The next Jeter appearance, began with that same eerie pause. After I had my camera rolling for a good minute and a half in to that at bat (actually more fixated on the mass of fan anticipation), I decided to take in the moment. That next pitch ignited the same pause I heard when he entered the game. The sound of 48,103 people unaware of whats going to happen, it defines baseball. One season, one game, one at bat, one pitch can connect with such emotion; this is what I love about baseball.

      He defines the game, he defines the emotion that fans bring in to every at bat just so they could be left silent when they await what happens next. Jeter left the stadium crowd as silent as he did with Price’s first pitch of the day. I am so glad to have heard that silence and realized what it was. The sound of millions of anxiety filled lives removing the stress of reality from their minds, and the hearts broken by balls that fly out of the park. Wherever you fall in the mix, winning or losing, you have to appreciate the game for that one moment where you’re left speechless.

      • Erica

        EXACTLY THIS. Beautifully written. Baseball is so poetic, isn’t it?

        You felt those pauses too! At first I thought I was imagining it. It seemed that we all breathed a collective sigh of relief after 3000 was hit, after we all calmed down, after it settled in.

        Even then — it hasn’t settled in.

        I haven’t witnessed anything as incredible in a game ever. This tops being at the Stadium for A-Rod’s 600th, by FAR.

      • The BIG 3

        Heh, that was pretty good.

      • Mike HC

        Well done. Nice job encapsulating the moment and energy of such a transcendent event for sports fans, and Yankee fans specifically.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

    Derek Jeter’s first full season was in 1996. I was born that year, so that makes Jeter representative of my childhood. I’m glad to say that I’ve paid attention to him and his accomplishments throughout my whole life. Like many kids of my age, I spent countless days imitating Jeter’s swing, hoping one day I would be able to do the same as he did.

    Today was a great day for him, and a great day for myself. It’s truly been an honor and privilege to watch Jeter become a Hall of Famer before my very eyes. It provides great closure for the end of my childhood, as Jeter’s career is in its twilight.

  • mike c

    it’s days like today that remind you why jeter’s the captain

  • Kiko Jones

    Re Christian Lopez: “He’ll sit in the Legends Seats tomorrow and receive four Championship Level tickets to each game for the rest of the season, playoffs included. That’s on top of all the signed bats and balls and what not. Not a bad haul for the young man…

    As opposed to the likely staggering sum he could’ve gotten for that ball? I dunno…Wonder what his girlfriend thinks, heh heh.

    • Mike HC

      Yea, I don’t think he got a “good haul” at all, but I most definitely would have done the same thing. I’m not going to be the guy who holds Jeter’s 3,000 hit ball ransom from him.

      • dalelama

        “I’m not going to be the guy who holds Jeter’s 3,000 hit ball ransom from him”.

        Why not? After the way Jeter held the Yankess ransom this past off season doing the same with the ball would be poetic justice.

        • Mike HC

          That was contract negotiations. I think Jeter deserves every penny the Yanks have given him, and I have the highest respect for Jeter. Obviously, all Yankee fans do not feel that way, which Jeter has acknowledged by mentioning the “negativity” surrounding the run up to 3,000 hits. I’m happy someone with my mindset caught the ball, and not someone with your mindset.

        • Tom Zig

          100 grand. Cash. In all 20s. And a car ride home in your ford edge.

          • Mike HC

            Might as well also shoot for a night with Minka. Or more likely, 2-3 pumps.

        • Rookie

          Amen, dalelama. Amen!

          He could have even told Jeter through the press (through his attorney, of course) that he was insulted that a gazillionaire with a 20,000 square foot house would insult a poor working stiff like him by offering him peanuts for the ball.

          But to truly be poetic justice, he would have to first say that he doesn’t care about the money, that it’s all about being a part of Yankee tradition, and then wait until Jeter offered him twice as much as anyone else would be willing to pay before accusing Jeter of insulting him with his lowball (twice as much as anyone else would be willing to pay) offer.

          • Billion$Bullpen

            This is the move. That dumb fat kid did not know anything about the Yanks when he was in the booth even said something stupid about he felt proud about it because Jeter is latino. I was like WTF and rewound it five time and kept watching him.

  • Mike HC

    That was one of the best most exciting baseball games I have ever watched in my life. Happy to be alive to witness a moment, and game like that.

  • Jonathan Harker

    That was one of the greatest moments at the new stadium. Probably the best non playoff moment. I don’t think this tops the 09 WS. I, like so many others here, began watching the Yankees in the mid 90s so I’ve grown up watching Jeter, Mariano, and Jorge. It makes you feel old watching these guys careers wind down. Awesome day for Jeter and all the fans that grew up watching his career.

  • Rookie

    Jeter looked fantastic and made history with an exclamation point in what to me would have otherwise been an almost meaningless milestone. He looked better than ever doing it. I hope it’s the beginning of a resurgence in his performance that lasts for the next 10 years or longer.

    But I have a question:

    Would you rather have a 37-year-old shortstop with three years remaining on a $17 million a year contract (plus an option) who makes history by breaking a dozen different historic milestones with exclamation points with elan and is the toast of the press, but has an OPS with a 6 or less in the first digit and a WAR below 2.0?

    Or would you rather have the same shortstop on a two-year $12 million a year contract (maybe with a performance-based option) who doesn’t break a single milestone, but has an OPS above 800 and a WAR above 4.0?

    Like I said, I hope this begins a resurgence in Jeter’s performance that last 10 years or more. But if it doesn’t, I’ll take the better performance, the lower payroll, and the resulting winning every time. On the other hand, if I’m a Red Sox fan, I hope the Yankees bid against themselves for their iconic players, give them above market contracts that extend for years after their skills have diminished, and choose milestones over winning every time.

    The only exception to that might be when player has captured my affection by selfless behavior or I think he’s been shortchanged somehow by his team, by fate, or the press — none of which is the case, in my opinion, with Jeter. In fact, I think part of the reason I’m no Jeter fan is that it’s been exactly the reverse — with a heaping helping of his own hypocrisy thrown in for good measure while the otherwise Yankee-hating press applauds him for it.

    • CS Yankee

      You state you have a question but go on to state your choice and tear the player down after your question.

      To me, I’m not as worried about his personal life, I don’t care on how much they pay him or the years attached to it.

      I’ve been a Yankee fan since I was 10 and over those 35 years have suffered though some lean years but always enjoyed the “suffering” but some players that special thing. Munson with his “true grit”, Randolph with his smoothness turning two, Mattingly with the glove/bat combo, Pettitte with the stare and ability to keep the game close, and these last three guys.

      Oh, Granderson (been a huge fan of him when he was a rookie Tiger), CC, Swisher & Gardner all bring that same feel and its good to know we are set for awhile but lets just enjoy these last moments of a these last three.

      Posada, 2011 will most likely be his last.
      Mo, 2012 will likely be his last
      Jete, 2013?…if he stays a .250 guy I bet he leaves, but a good year mixed in will likely mean 2014.

      Time flies, I would only rather have Tulo and your crappy 12M$ wouldn’t get him. Jeter is our guy, The Yankees will make a solid return on that 51M$ (WAR & sales aren’t related). Let’s enjoy this guy because my kids likley won’t see another. The best SS in NYY history, top 100 MLB player and top 5-10 NYY of all-time.

      Don’t get the hate nor the dis…

    • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

      an almost meaningless milestone
      It’s not, really. Maybe it’s weird to celebrate 3000 instead of 2999 or 3001 or whatever but it’s not like a bunch of fringy major leaguers have 3000 hits (or 500/600 home runs).

      As for your example, of course I’d rather have the latter, but I am not really sure why you’re offering that choice up. It wasn’t actually a choice.

      The only exception to that might be when player has captured my affection by selfless behavior or I think he’s been shortchanged somehow by his team, by fate, or the press — none of which is the case, in my opinion, with Jeter. In fact, I think part of the reason I’m no Jeter fan is that it’s been exactly the reverse — with a heaping helping of his own hypocrisy thrown in for good measure while the otherwise Yankee-hating press applauds him for it.
      Do you like any Yankees? You just seem to come here to blame Jeter and sometimes A-Rod and Posada every so often in an extremely irrational way. I’m not even a huge Jeter fan but if you’re a Yankee fan and yesterday did nothing to you, you might be dead.

      Also, the media loves Jeter. Wow, let’s kill him for that. I don’t think that’s his fault, and the media’s done a lot lot worse. You also hate on A-Rod all the time, who the press constantly shits on, so I think you’re just looking for an excuse. I honestly don’t care what the media says, all I know is that Derek was the best player on a bunch of really great teams, many of which won the World Series. Talking about his intangibles does him a pretty major disservice, because he’s been very good in a tangible way in the past. Yeah he sucks now but a thing a lot of people, myself included, need to learn is that you don’t get an award for being the most cynical or snarky on the internet.

      tl;dr lolololol

      • Rookie

        bexarama,

        You ask/say: “Do you like any Yankees? You just seem to come here to blame Jeter and sometimes A-Rod and Posada every so often in an extremely irrational way.”

        You also say: “You also hate on A-Rod all the time….”

        I’ve made it very clear how I feel about Jeter. But as I’ve told you before, I don’t blame A-Rod or Posada for being overpaid. I blame the Yankees. I’m an A-Rod fan — even more so because of how he was treated badly by Torre and Torre’s fair haired child and the media. And I’ve applauded how he’s played so well/so courageously through injuries while criticizing the Yankees for allowing him to do so.

        As for Posada taking himself out of that game, I assume even you would acknowledge that that was wrong of him to do and that it was wrong of Jeter to put his friendship with Posada ahead of his duties of captain when he was asked about it, just as I will assume that you will acknowledge that it was wrong of him to put his rivalry with A-Rod ahead of his duties to the team for years, and (at best) allow his agent to smear the Yankees for offering him far more money than any other team in baseball would give him at age 37 after he sucked in the second half of 2010.

        However, if you truly believe that I don’t like any Yankees — which I assume you do since I think you’ve now said words more or less to that effect twice in two days — then I hereby challenge you to prove it by attaching even a single quote from me to that effect. If you don’t, I’ll take that as an admission by you that you can’t.

        And I will respectfully submit to you in advance that you won’t be able to post any such quotes from me for one very simple reason — namely that they don’t exist.

        When you’re right, bexarama, I don’t hesitate to say so — as I just did in the Colon thread. I’ll ask for the same courtesy from you.

      • Rookie

        I acknowledge that I’ve long suggested that Posada is an awful defensive catcher. But that’s hardly news. It’s not that I don’t like him.

        And to point out what happens to players’ performance statistically as they hit their late 30s and beyond is hardly not liking them or hating on them. Again, it’s pointing out what I believe to be very ill-advised decisions by the Yankees in their contract decisions.

        In your opinion, that’s not a legitimate issue to discuss on this site? That makes me a Yankee hater or someone who hates on Yankee players? I think not.

  • Greg

    I said to myself yesterday as the game reached its climax “That, ladies and gentlemen, is baseball”

  • http://twitter.com/Bismarck1872 Jerome S.

    Yankees are great in day games but are actually 27-30 at night. Anyone else concerned by this? It’s a 57-game sample, so it seems to be indicative of something. It concerns me a bit more considering that the playoffs are played at night.

    I don’t think they have many blue-eyed players, either, ha.

    • http://twitter.com/Bismarck1872 Jerome S.

      God I hate myself -.-