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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Yankees.com: Jeter joins elite group with 3,000th hit

Jeter became the 28th player to reach the historic plateau, belting the eighth pitch of his third-inning at-bat against the left-handed Price into the left-field seats on a sun-splashed afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees’ bench and bullpen emptied to greet Jeter as he rounded the bases and touched home plate, and the Rays’ players spilled onto the field out of the visitors’ dugout, applauding Jeter’s achievement as the scoreboard flashed, “Congratulations, Derek.”

We can be a cynical lot here at times, myself as bad as anyone, but if you didn’t enjoy the way Jeter got his 3000th hit and went 5 for 5 and drove in the winning run in the same game, you should probably pick something else to watch.

I tend to be forward-thinking here, but it’s not a bad day to think back to the player that Jeter once was, a player that we got a glimpse of today.  We’ve been lucky to have him on our favorite team, warts and all.

That may not be true post-April 2010, but we can worry about that again tomorrow.

Jeter’s post-game interview with Kim Jones seemed like the most heart-felt and genuine one I’ve ever seen him give.  He seemed genuinely emotional and that was kind of cool too.

Congratulations to Jeter.  Now let’s get to 4192.

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That was pretty awesome when he broke away from the Kim Jones interview to tip his cap to the fans, who had stayed and were chanting his name.

Now let’s get to 4192.

Oh god, NO!

But seriously, Congrats to Jeter.

Just a great day.  We’ve been lucky he spent his career as a Yankee.  It’s been incredible to watch.

He’s signed through 2013 with a player option for 2014.  I figure he’ll get about 1500 PA through 2013.  It’s not realistic to expect him to go 5 for 5 in every game, but I think 1192 for 1500 is realistic.  Actually, he only needs to go 1189 for 1500 now.  If he falls a few hits short he can pick up the option in 2014 and finish it off.

I can’t believe the guy who got the ball just gave it back. He made out in the end, but that’s a classy gesture.

What a game for Jeter to get his 3000th hit in.

No Jeter bashing until next Sunday.

By next Sunday you mean tomorrow, right?

Wonder what the reception would’ ve been like at TownieWay.  They probably would’ve beaned him before 3000.

Looks like Rodriguez will get a second opinion but probably will have the surgery. Sure would be nice if Chavez wasn’t made of glass.

We’re back to our winning ways with Nunez returned to the lineup.

You know, one of the things I’ve always disliked about Jeter is the complete mask he wears with the press and in public.  It’s really cool to see him let it slip today.  Admitting he felt the pressure to do it in NY, that he didn’t want 3000 to be an infield hit, and the look on his face when he was running the bases.  Just great.

Also, check out the pic on LoHud of the guy who caught the homer.  What joy.

Y’know, if Jeter would do that every two weeks or so, we’d be a lot more sanguine about the next 6 years of his contract.

Jeter’s driving the ball very well the last few days, as if he finally figured out how to use his lower body in his swing. I wouldn’t be surprised if he OPSes .750 the rest of the way.

[12] At long last, he’s allowed to show a little ego. Must be a real relief.

[13] I was going to joke that if A-Rod ever hits number 763, the fan who catches it will mercilessly sell it back to Alex for a record sum, and the fan will include an opt-out clause so he can demand more money several years down the line.
But then I realized that Jeter has also never had any qualms about asking for lots of money.

I liked the way Kotchman tipped his hat as Jeter ran by, very cool.

It is maddening to me that the Red Sox are throwing an absolute nobody against the Orioles tomorrow and the Orioles are somehow answering with an even shittier pitcher!

And Buck will work his magic against us in an August sweep.

It is maddening to me that the Red Sox are throwing an absolute nobody against the Orioles tomorrow and the Orioles are somehow answering with an even shittier pitcher!

I am really looking forward to witnessing Kyle Weiland’s no-hitter in person tomorrow.

And I don’t mean to imply that Mitch Atkins sucks. He just isn’t as good of a prospect as Kyle Weiland, and Kyle Weiland isn’t much of a prospect.

Can anyone recall what Robertson’s other two blown saves were?

Kyle Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots is out of rehab?

Jeter’s Reggie’s three-homer game.

It was a lot of fun.

As much as I have come to dislike Jeter over the past few seasons, that was pretty freakin’ rad. Hope he makes me eat crow by putting together a solid post-ASB.

I also vote for ARod getting the surgery now. Their only hope to win a WS involves sneaking into the WC, having CC start every game, and having ARod go into full Centaur-mode.

Fun fact - I attended Cal Ripken Jr’s 3000th hit game at the Metrodome. He needed 3 hits to get it that day. Only around 5000 or so jean jacket clad fans in attendance.

It’s amazing how well A-Rod has been playing with the knee injury. Remember that home run he barely missed against the Mets? Hearing him talk about it now, you could tell even he was like, “What the hell? How did that go out? Things MUST be wrong.”

I wonder if he misses a month whether he can come back and still hit 17 home runs in August and September and drive in 48 runs….

By the way, Chipper Jones is also out with a slight tear to the meniscus in his right knee, but they’re saying 2-3 weeks for him. Odd.

By the way, are they seriously going to go with a lineup with three lefties in a row in the middle?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s almost certainly their best option. It’s just weird.

So I imagine the lineup will be:

Gardner
Jeter
Granderson
Teix
Cano
Swisher
Posada
Martin
Nunez

and if, god willing (although I wouldn’t hold my breath), Chavez can return…

Gardner
Jeter
Granderson
Teix
Cano
Swisher
Chavez
Posada
Martin

Or will they just run out today’s lineup basically?

Jeter
Granderson
Teix
Cano
Swisher
Posada
Martin
Nunez
Gardner

[20] Your not implying anything.

I second the vote for the procedure now. I’d rather go with Nunez for a few weeks now to get Alex back full strength for 7 weeks than have him be injured and diminished for 11 weeks and somewhere along the way have it get worse and lose him anyway.

[27] Those are all pretty good lineups, even without Alex. But is there definitive word on Swish ? I thought he was being held out for unspecified injury.

By the way, are they seriously going to go with a lineup with three lefties in a row in the middle?

Gardner L
Jeter R
Granderson L
Teix B
Cano L
Swisher B
Posada B
Martin R
Nunez R

I count one lefty in a row there.

Gardner L
Jeter R
Granderson L
Teix B
Cano L
Swisher B
Chavez L
Posada B
Martin R

I count one lefty in a row there.

Jeter R
Granderson L
Teix B
Cano L
Swisher B
Posada B
Martin R
Nunez R
Gardner L

I count one lefty in a row there.

Those are all pretty good lineups, even without Alex. But is there definitive word on Swish ? I thought he was being held out for unspecified injury.

Quad injury.  I assume he won’t play today and they’ll see how he feels after the All Star Break.  If they have to they can then retroactively DL him to the date of his last game played and bring up Dickerson and do a Jones/Dickerson platoon until Swisher’s healthy I guess.

I’m hopping on the “surgery now” train, as well.

What a game for Jeter…I was a little bummed when they couldn’t get the wicker man on the field for his immolation ceremony, but at least it let him finish out the game and get the game-winning hit.

The shred of hope I have now is that while he was on the DL he straightened himself out, as he suggested yesterday.  To my eye his PA’s have looked a little better since he’s been back, and obviously he had some good swings yesterday as well.  So maybe he can get on base a little more, drive the ball for a little more power, and perform at an above-average level for the rest of the year.

If Alex goes out for surgery and Jeter goes down again, we will have a Pena-Nunie left side.

Let’s hope Jeter can hold it together until Reyes completes his rehab.

The other thing that seems to be relevant about this decision is that it seems that meniscus tear repairs are relatively simple and the results of the surgery are very predictable. So, the probability that we’d get him back at near 100% is high and needs to be considered. Surgery, great chance he comes back at or near 100%. No surgery, we get something like 40-75% and it’s anyones guess as to where he ends up in that range. Mix in the fact that we’ve got him for 6.5 more years, and this is sort of a no brainer.

[33]
Which means that every day the surgery isn’t already done is wasted, right?
Or did I miss the reports of successful surgery?

Nice of Buck manage to give even John Lackey a confidence-building shut-out yesterday.

[34] Yeah I would agree with that. Get it done and get recoverin’ right away would seem to make sense.

[12] I had these sentiments too.

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