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Derek Jeter and the All-Star Hypocrites.

When it comes to the 2011 All-Star Game, it seems like Derek Jeter just can’t seem to win. When he was named an All-Star Starter, the internet and sports talk radio exploded with angry outbursts deriding the fans and voting process.  When Jeter pulled out of the game early last week, citing that he didn’t want to risk re-injuring the calf that had landed him on the DL, many simply shrugged it of, saying he didn’t deserve to be there anyway. However, after his marvelous 5 hit/3000th hit attaining performance on Saturday, rumors began to spread that MLB seriously wanted Jeter to attend the game and soak in the accolades of his accomplishment, however Jeter would have none of it, and isn’t going to Arizona.

Much like his initial All-Star selection, this has caused an huge firestorm, with many of the same people who ripped Jeter as undeserving now angry that he “owes” it to baseball to go. Quite frankly, as a baseball fan I don’t see why anyone would be upset about this. What would be the purpose of Jeter going to the game, especially since he’s already pulled out of playing? To simply soak in awards and applause, and take away from the game itself? That seems like a very un-Jeter like thing to do, and frankly the kind of behavior that would get Alex Rodriguez destroyed in the press. Even more, as a Yankees fan, I have no qualms with Jeter taking the days off to relax and recharge over the break, as we need the productive Derek Jeter of last week to show up in the second half. Of course, I’m sure Jeter is barely noticing any of those. He’s probably sitting in his humungous mansion right now, surrounded by Minka Kelly, his 3000th hit ball, and his 5 World Series Championship rings, which might just count as winning in and of itself.

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Pinstripes With a Side of Snark: Week 2

Greetings Yankee fans, Twitter followers, and non-sports fan friends who’ve simply clicked this link because I posted it, welcome to Pinstripes With a Side of Snark: Week 2. Beyond the normal weekly recap feature, today’s article could easily be subtitled “Brian Yammers on About The Left Side of The Infield” as a vast majority of today’s discussion is going to center on Derek Jeter‘s 3000th hit and a bit on the Alex Rodriguez surgery situation. Let’s jump in, shall we:

July 4-10:

The last week before the All-Star break didn’t exactly start out in grand fashion for the 2011 Yankees. Even with the return of Captain Derek Jeter, the team seemed to play a somewhat listless brand of baseball in Cleveland the first three days of the week, with the offense breaking out during Tuesday’s 9-2 victory, but being virtually completely shutdown by Josh Tomlin on Monday, and Justin Masterson on Wednesday, once again highlighting the feast or famine nature of the offense that’s plagued the team this year. Not that the Monday/Wednesday pitchers did much to help their cause, with AJ Burnett surrendering a huge 3-run homer to Austin Kearns on Monday, and an ineffective DL return from Phil Hughes two days later. Granted, Jeter’s “Quest for 3000”  may have been a small distraction for the team in Cleveland (the captain got three hits in the series, leaving him 3 away) but the issues that cropped up in the series have been there all season, long before the 3000 chase was an issue.  On top of that, midweek brought the news that Alex Rodriguez would most likely need surgery on his knee, sidelining him for at least a month. Whatever the case, the Yankees didn’t look their strongest as they came home for a huge series with division rival Tampa Bay over the weekend, a feeling that was exacerbated by a loss in Thursday’s Series opener. After Friday’s rainout, the Yankees came into Saturday 1-3 on the week, and looked to be limping their way into the break, however the collective will of two specific Yankees put a stop to that. As will be detailed below, Derek Jeter took the team on his back Saturday. The Captain went 5-5 with a HR (his 3000th hit), 2 RBI, and a run scored, almost solely powering the team to a 5-4 victory. Some, myself included, thought there was going to be a “hangover” effect loss on Sunday after Jeter’s heroics, but CC Sabathia made sure it didn’t happen, notching a beastly complete game shut-out for his second win of the week in the team’s 1-0 victory. The 2-1 series victory over Tampa gives the Yankees a wee bit of breathing room in the Wild Card standings (it’s never to early too start thinking about these things) and combined with Jeter’s 3000, reversed the team’s fortunes, sending them into the break on a high, which they can hopefully ride into next weekend’s second half-opening series with Toronto.

Mr. 3000

I’m going to start this section with a disclaimer: I’m a huge Derek Jeter guy. He’s not only my favorite baseball player, but my favorite athlete period, and easily the biggest Yankee icon since Mantle. Now, that doesn’t mean I’m blind. He’s certainly not the player he was even two years ago, and he’ll probably need to be moved out of the top of the order sooner rather than later, but I still think he has a good deal to contribute to the team, and he certainly showed a glimpse of that this past week. After going 0-4 in his first game back from the DL, Jeter got four hits over his next three games, three of said were the type of booming doubles that have been lacking from his game the last two years. With Friday’s rainout, Jeter was left sitting on 2998 going into Saturday afternoon’s game. After collecting a single to right in his first AB, the Stadium was filled with a palpable electricity for Jeter’s next AB, and the captain didn’t disappoint. In true Jetarian fashion, he launched a game-tying HR into the left-field bleachers, becoming only the second man to reach hit #3000 with a long-ball. The entire stadium erupted with a a jubilation never seen in the new building, with many saying it was even more exuberant than the clinching Game 6 of the 2009 World Series. The entire team mobbed Jeter at the plate, in a surreal scene that looked like a third inning, game -tying walk-off, and the crowd chanted his name the rest of the day. Jeter wasn’t nearly done though, coming up with three more hits, including driving in the game-winning run in the eighth. It truly was a magical day in the Bronx, though I think my personal favorite moment came after the game. As Jeter was being interviewed after the game by Kim Jones, the entire stadium restarted the “Der-Ek Je-Ter” chant, and the Captain become visibly choked up, and saluted the crowd with emotion rarely seen from him. From a historical perspective, the 3000th hit put Derek Jeter into elite company, as he’s only the 28th man in MLB history to reach the magic number, and the first New York Yankee. Speaking of the Yankees, let’s look at Derek Jeter’s accomplishments for the franchise: Only Yankee with 3000 hits, most hits as a Yankee (obviously), most hits at the Old Yankee Stadium, 5 World Series Titles, 7 AL pennants. Looking over that list, I don’t see how anyone can argue that Jeter isn’t a Top 5 Yankee of all time. In my opinion, the list has to go Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio, Mantle, Jeter. For what it’s worth, my father would put it Ruth, Gerhig, Dimaggio, Berra, Jeter, which is huge for him to say as Mickey was his childhood hero. Whatever the case may be, we witnessed something very special on Saturday.

A-Rod Out:

I’ve always had a soft-spot for Alex Rodriguez. Granted, he’ll never be the hero to me that Derek Jeter is, but I honestly think he’s gotten a very raw deal in this city, and with this fanbase, but that’s a blog for another time. Suffice to say though, I was overjoyed that over the first few weeks of this season, it looked like Alex was en route to MVP award #4 (#3 as a Yankee) but injuries have taken there toll on him, culminating in the news that he has a tear in his knee, and will miss at least the next month due to surgery. Granted, he supposedly could have played through it, but I don’t see why anyone would want him to. The injury has destroyed his power numbers (this year will surely be the end of his impressive 30/100 streak), and playing on it could risk further damage. At this point, I’m just hoping for a speedy recovery, so that a fresh A-Rod could be a force in the final month of the season, and hopefully a playoff run.

Alright, that should do it for me this week. As always, please feel free to leave feedback in the comments section or on my Twitter (WWW.Twitter.COM/Titan4Ever2488) See you next week for an All-Star Game discussion, and a recap of the Toronto series.

-Brian

10 Greatest Moments in Derek Jeter’s career

With Derek Jeter becoming the 28th member of the 3,000 Hit Club, we decided a top 10 of his greatest moments were in order.

First we start with the MLB Network’s Prime 9 from September 11, 2010

9. 1996 Opening Day Home Run

8. Yankee Stadium Hit Record

7. Short Stop Hit Record

6. 2001 ALDS Game 5 catch in foul territory

5. “The Dive”

4. 1996 ALCS Jeffrey maier aided HR

3. 2000 ASG and World Series MVP

2. Mr. November

1. “The Flip”

I agree that these 9 plays in Jeter’s career belong there but I don’t agree with the order. So now onto the What’s Brewin in Sports List

10.  Winning the 2000 All Star Game MVP

9. 2000 World Series MVP

8. Most hits in Yankee Stadium History

7. Most hits by a SS

6. Most Hits in Yankee history

5. The Dive

4. Mr. November

3. The Flip

2. 5 Rings

1. 3000 Hits

We all know that Jeter hates talking about himself but we are, 3,000 hits put the final nail in the SABRterds argument that he’s a 1st ballot hall of Famer, say what you want about Derek, he’s a winner and one of the greatest New York Yankees ever.

 

ARod heads for DL and knee surgery, What do the Yankees do next?

When news first broke of Alex Rodriguez’s MRI and then knowledge of a slighlty torn meniscus, everyone began wondering what do the Yankees do for the next 4-6 weeks?  The easy answer is play Eduardo Nunez at 3B, since he filled in so aptly for Derek Jeter while he was on the DL for 18 days with a strained calf, but the answer isn’t that simple.  While Nunez, definitely showed he can handle himself at the plate, his defense in his rookie year with the Yankees has been the polar opposite.  The other problem that is left with playing Nunez at 3B in Alex’s absence is that bench which at the beginning of the season with Eric Chavez and Andruw Jones showed some veteran depth, the Yankees since Chavez went on the DL in mid-May have been playing with a weakened bench and isn’t exactly that of a Championship caliber team, which has holes.  Chavez’s role was to be able to spell the corner infielders, which has been a problem and will continue to be one as long as the Yankees don’t use their minor league system to produce a corner infield role player.

As the Yankees sit now their bench consists of Ramiro Pena (SS), Andruw Jones (OF), Francisco Cervelli (C).  This is a humongous problem on a team that is a 1st Place team.  Losing Jeter while it was tough given that he is one of the longest tenured Yankees, Captain as well as steady at Short Stop was easy for the Yankees to move Nunez who is a natural SS into the position, but it is resoundingly different to lean on the kid for 4-6 weeks at 3B.  The time is now for the Yankees to promote Brandon Laird, who is currently hitting .268 with 10 HRs and 48 RBIs at Scranton-Wilkes Barre.  With Laird in the mix, he can play both corner OF positions, while also giving Teixiera a breather at 1B once and a while.  Given the nature of calf injuries, Nunez will be needed to spell Jeter at short 2-3 times a week especially since the 1st 8 games of the 2nd Half of the season are being played on turf at Rogers Centre in Toronto and at Tropicana Field in Tampa.

The other thought of some fans is to move Russell Martin to 3B and promote Jesus Montero and use him as the primary Catcher until Rodriguez comes back from the DL, but the problem there is twofold, 1 Montero is on the DL in AAA, 2 Martin isn’t exactly Cody Ransom at 3B.

These are my opinions what are yours leave your comments at the bottom of the page.

What Will Jeter’s 3000 Hit Be?

by Colin MacNeil http://www.bronxbombersbeat.com

As I was watching last night’s game and knowing that Derek Jeter is just four-hits shy of 3000, I thought, how will Jeter get it. Will it be a home run, triple, double or a single? However it may be, we are going to be witnessing history as Jeter will be the first Yankee to hit 3000. The last Yankee player to come close to getting 3000 hits was, The Iron Horse – Lou Gehrig – 2721 hits. When Derek hits 3000, he’ll be the 28th player in Major League history to reach that plateau and will be tied for 27th all-time with the great Roberto Clemente.

I know Yankee fans (myself included) are hoping that Jeter will get his 3000 hit at Yankee Stadium. Whether or not he hits number 3000 at the stadium, its going to be great to witness Yankee history. Some fans remember Roger Maris breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record, Mickey Mantle hitting his 500th home run, or seeing Don Larson pitch a perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Now we, as a younger generation of Yankee fans, can say when we are older that we witnessed the Great Yankee Captain, reach the 3000 hit milestone.

How will Jeter get his 3000 hit?

  • Single
  • Double
  • Triple
  • Home Run

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Jeter returns, Yankees offense returns to June 13th

With the much ballyhooed come back of Yankees Captain and his quest for 3,000 hits, the Yankees offense thanks to in a large part of Indians starter Josh Tomlin’s 7 IP 3 H 2 R performance Monday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Yankees offense seemed to revert back to the pre-Jeter DL levels.  The 14-4 record the Yankees enjoyed in Jeter’s absence was based on Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner seeing 3.5+ pitches per plate appearance while in the lead-off spot.  Jeter’s plate appearance in his first game back in the line-up saw him come to the plate 4 times and see 2,3,1 and 5 pitches in those with a reach on an error in the 1st, a lazy fly ball to center in the 3rd, ground-out to third and a humpback liner to second to round out his night.  Joe Girardi has to take the temperature of his team, and all this could become a mute point tomorrow if Jeter goes 3-5 but with a .256 average and the ability to not hit the ball hard sneaking back into Jeter’s repertoire, Girardi has to respect the 24 other members of the Yankees and not the future Hall of Famer who isn’t producing.

What gets lost in tonight’s 6-3 Yankees loss was that through 99 pitches A.J. Burnett may have had one of his best starts of the season, but that was lost on a foul ball down the Left Field line in which a Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez miscommunication caused the ball to fall between them.

So the Jeter 3,000 campaign resumes tomorrow, but the Yankees and Joe Girardi in particular need to right the ship to not lose the momentum they carried through their 14-4 record sans Jeter.

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The Captain Is Back In The Lineup

The beloved Captain of the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter, is back in tonight’s lineup and back playing short-stop. Jeter went on the disable list, June 14, with a strained right calf that he sustained while running to first base. Jeter was six hits shy of 3000 when he went on the disable list.

Taking the ball tonight for the Yankees is Allan James Burnett. The last time Burnett faced the Tribe was back on June 13. Burnett only allowed five hits through 7 2/3 innings in the 1-0 loss

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New York Yankees: (50-32)

1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Jorge Posada DH
8. Russell Martin C
9. Brett Gardner LF

Pitching for the Yankees: RHP – A.J. Burnett (8-6, 4.05)

Pitching for the Indians: RHP – Josh Tomlin (9-4, 3.86)

TV: YES, MLB Network

Radio: WCBS880, WADO1280

Game Time: 6:35pm ET

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Jeter finishes up rehab assignment will rejoin Yankees July 4th

Jeter finished his rehab Sunday night with the Trenton Thunder on Sunday (copyright David Schofield)

Derek Jeter wrapped up his second tour of duty with the Trenton Thunder, Sunday night and in the process had his 550th career Minor League hit as well as his 10th as a member of the Trenton Thunder.  All combined jeter finished up the stint with 2 hits, ran the bases with no problems and was perfect in the field.

With the Yankees beginning a 3 game series Monday in Cleveland, expect Jeter to start at SS 2 of the 3 days, so he can reach the 3,000 hit mark at home before the All-Star break.

State of the Yankees at the midway point

Think back to mid February, when fans and media were questioning Brian Cashman on his off-season acquisitions.  What is he thinking signing Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon, what is this pitching rotation going to look like? Is a question that many fans asked. Well after Saturday’s 5-2 win over the New York Mets, the Yankees get to the halfway point of the season with a 50-31 record.  The most staggering part of the record is that the team is 1-8 against the 2nd place Boston Red Sox, a team that coming into the season, the prognosticators had them running away with the AL East.

While it is easy to say that Mark Teixiera has had a great season to this point or Curtis Granderson is on his way to the best offensive season of his career, don’t overlook that the 2011 Yankees have their share of problems.  As of late some have corrected themselves, there are still some issues that need to be addressed.

Derek Jeter hitting lead off: While Derek Jeter has been on the DL for a strained calf, Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher have filled in just fine and have flourished in the lead-off spot, but the stress an anxiety caused by Jeter’s impending return maybe causing on players like Gardner who is in flux as to where he will hit in the lineup come Monday.  The argument of many fans an media comes back to is having a 37 year old lead off hitter going to help the Yankees in the short and long term? Well due to the platoon that Gardner is still in with veteran outfielder Andruw Jones is truly keeping Gardner out of the lead-off hole in the order, but this brings up another question while Gardy has lead off against RHP’s since June 14, and Swish has lead off against LHP’s is another one of the decisions facing Yankee Manager Joe Girardi.  The move for the short term is to bring Jeter back into the lineup as the lead-off hitter but give him a very short leash especially, if he doesn’t turn around his season by August 1st.  The other position that the Yankees are now in is to see if Jeter is the ultimate team player that everyone since 1996 has made him out to be.  The move that keeps the Yankees at the top of the AL East and keeps them as a World Series favorite is Gardy 1, Swish 6, Jeet 7, but let’s if THAT happens.

Bullpen: The Yankees bullpen has been downright fantastic this season, without Pedro Feliciano, who has been out since spring training, Rafael Soriano, who has been out since mid-May, but even before his DL stint, he was awful.  Joba Chamberlain who was quickly showing that he could be the 8th inning man or closer of the future, has been lost until late 2012 or 2013, the overwhelming need of a 2nd lefty that can help Boone Logan going forward.  Between David Robertson and his near 1 ERA and Mariano Rivera doing what Mariano Rivera does, the Joe Girardi bullpen management is again a reason why he is in the discussion for American League Manager of the Year.

The Yankees have 2 major problems heading into the 2nd half of the 2011 season, but they are full on ready and up for the run, as fans the good thing is we get to sick back enjoy a nice tall Samuel Adams Summer Ale, in a perfect pint glass or straight out of the bottle and enjoy the 2nd 81 of the MLB season.

 

Finally! The Offense Explodes!

Posted by Brian Capozzi http://www.bronxbombersbeat.com

While one win doesn’t exactly take away the sour taste left in our mouths after the Yankees-Red Sox series, an offense blowout can definitely help. Backed by a solid outing from Ivan Nova, the Yankees beat the Indians last evening in the Bronx by a score of 11-7. A 4-run 9th inning by the Indians is the reason why the score seems closer then it was. In the bottom of the 1st inning, patience… that’s right, patience is what led the Yankees to a 3-0 lead. Jeter led off the game with a walk, followed by a Granderson strikeout, and 2 walks to Teixeira and A-Rod. Cano stepped to the plate with bases load and drove a single to right field to plate Jeter. Nick Swisher followed up with a sacrifice fly to score Teixeira, and Posada singled in Rodriguez. Fundamentals helped the Yankees work their way to a 3-0 lead heading into the second. A Granderson home run in the bottom of the second was followed by abench clearing ‘argument’ after what appeared to be an intentional HBP at Teixeira. It was a bush-league move by Fausto Carmona who threw a cock-shot fastball to Granderson. That was his own fault and Teixeira should not be thrown at because Carmona can’t hit his spots! Brett Gardner had an RBI double in the bottom of the 3rd, and an Alex Rodriguez homer in the bottom of the 4th inning gave the Yankees a 6-0 lead heading into the top of the 5th where the Indians finally got on the board to make it 6-1.

A throwing error by Carlos Santana allowed Granderson to score in the 6th, and then the Yankees erupted for 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th thanks in part to back to back doubles by Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. Outside of a poor performance from Amauri Sanit (0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) and 8 walks by all Yankees pitchers, the team won a game that they needed for a while. They played smart baseball and did not rely solely on the long ball. A game like this could help get the offense going and get the team on a hot streak they have needed for a few weeks. Fingers crossed that they can keep this up, and that it wasn’t just a one-game fluke. We know the team is old, but the fact is, they still have talent to get the job done. Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada each collected 3 hits apiece, while Teixeira had 3 RBIs. It was indeed a team effort that we need to see more of for the rest of the season.

Today’s Pitching Match-up
Mitch Talbot (2-2, 4.18ERA)
vs.
Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.39ERA)

Yankees Starting Line-up

  1. Jeter, SS
  2. Granderson, CF
  3. Teixeira, 1B
  4. Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Cano, 2B
  6. Swisher, RF
  7. Posada, DH
  8. Gardner, LF
  9. Cervelli, C