The Yankees begin life without Derek Jeter this week, facing a future full of holes in an offense already among the American League’s worst.
Last year, the manager sent Jeter and Andy Pettitte to the mound with two outs in the ninth inning of New York’s last game at Yankee Stadium to remove Mariano Rivera.
I asked those who played alongside, managed or coached Jeter along the way for a favorite story or memory, something that stood out when they thought of the captain. This is what they told me…
The Bombers’ best lineup next year will have Alex Rodriguez as their full-time DH. Wow, I can’t believe I just said that either.
Brian McCann homered and drove in three runs, and the New York Yankees used their biggest comeback of the season to beat Tampa Bay 8-5.
So as we mull over this year, let us also take a premature look at next year in anticipation of life without Jeter in 2015.
Chris Capuano was watching, hoping for some of that old Bronx mojo. And then, boom, Mark Teixeira. Tie game. Boom, Chase Headley.
Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley hit solo home runs off Koji Uehara in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees stunned the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Thursday night to bolster their slim playoff hopes.
Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann are in decline. It’s as simple as that.
The Bombers spent nearly $500 million in the offseason and this was the year that the Mets were finally expected to contend. Let’s just say it hasn’t worked out for either party.
With 44 games remaining, the Yankees do not possess the fear-inducing aura of Bronx Bombers teams of recent vintage. And unless the front office changes its philosophy, it’s only going to get worse.
After beating the second of Detroit’s three Cy Young Award winners, the Yankees have one more tough pitcher to deal with on Thursday.
“I felt fine all day … and all of a sudden, I started getting really dizzy, nauseous, the room started spinning,” the first baseman said Monday night.
Derek Jeter had a two-run double, Mark Teixeira hit a solo homer and New York’s bullpen worked 4 1-3 solid innings, leading the Yankees to a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Father Time catches up with all of us. Mark Teixeira is no different — and he knows it.