When Jeter announced he would retire at the end of the season, I began asking those around the game for their favorite stories. Here is what they told me.
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…
It’s not hard to call up images of a 20-something Jeter and look back on his career. But for those who have spent time with him up close, they have a database that can’t be Googled.
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.
Maybe the Yankees could add a helpful piece. But the difference makers will be the guys they gave all that money to last winter: Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.
The bad news just keeps getting worse for the Yankees. They have lost five games in a row, are below .500 for the first time since April 11, and seemingly can’t hit to save their lives. Now, their horse left-hander has again come up lame.
If the Yankees go 27-14 at home and 18-10 on the road they could finish with 92 wins, which could be enough to win the AL East, let alone secure a Wild Card spot.
Tony Gwynn spoke to me only once. It was 24 years ago, and I have never forgotten the words, or their meaning in the life of an elite baseball player.
If they are being recognized for their vital contributions to a Yankees dynasty, then I think we have to start opening the door to countless more players who could be considered Yankees greats.
The Yankees have passed the Memorial Day marker in striking distance of the surprising frontrunner, Toronto. And now it’s time to start thinking about the trading deadline.
It is a longshot, no doubt. Nothing about baseball is natural to the Indian youths because they don’t grow up watching and playing it. But the dreams are alive.
I mentioned to Derek Jeter the uncertainty of Martin Brodeur’s future, and the possibility that he could still play next year, but in another uniform. “Man, I hope not,” he said.
There will be many words spoken and written about Derek Jeter between now and the end of this season. I’m not sure anybody will say it any better than “Core Four” member Jorge Posada.
This probably isn’t the perfect comparison, but Masahiro Tanaka seems to have an array of pitches somewhat like Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez. And he throws harder.
In 1998, 31-year-old Kevin Long was a Class-A hitting coach in the Royals farm system. His center fielder was 21-year-old Carlos Beltran. Sixteen years later, they are together again with the Yankees.