Jeter’s Legendary Quest September 14, 2008Posted by Pablo Zevallos in Derek Jeter, Epic Fail, Epic Win.
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Derek Jeter went an unbelievable 9-11 this series to tie Lou Gehrig’s record of 1,269 hits at Yankee Stadium. His tying hit, actually, was a homer off 2007 #1 overall pick LHP David Price, and it was also with a homer that he tied Gehrig’s all-time Yankees’ hit record last Sunday in Seattle.
There are few bright spots right now for the Yankees, but Derek Jeter is making the Yankees worth watching right now in the dog days of September. What he’s doing is a testament to his great career and his almost robotic consistency. It also is a question of “What might have been?” for Gehrig, but this is a great thing for the Yankees either way.
What is terrible is that NESN ESPN is calling the last game ever at Yankee Stadium. I now have to hear Joe Morgan’s consistent stupidity (heh), Captain Obvious Jon Miller, and John Henry’s homey Peter Gammons’s extremely pro-Red Sox bias. It’s unbelievable what MLB and ESPN are subjecting us, the fans, to. I’d rather have Michael freaking Kay than these guys, because Al Leiter, Ken Singleton, David Cone, or whomever actually have a clue about what they say and are good announcers. Screw you, ESPN.
Not Captain Clutch October 14, 2007Posted by Pablo Zevallos in Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, Justin Snyder, Mitch Hilligoss, Reggie Corona.
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Derek Jeter did not play well this postseason, with a fielding misplay generously scored a hit and a .167 BA and OBP. A-Rod, for all his struggles, hit .266 this season and homered where it counted (although he didn’t have great at-bats in Cleveland, but who really does against C.C.?). As did Bobby Abreu. Joba did his part, and Bruce Froemming is thankfully going to retire as he has always seemingly been anti-Yankee. Phil Hughes gave us a glimpse of a very, very bright future. Johnny Damon homered twice. But without the #2 guy, the captain, the leader and winner on the team, the Yankees go nowhere. And that’s what happened.
I’m glad we have shortstop prospects–Eduardo Nunez (if he really is a prospect), Reggie Corona, Justin Snyder (ditto), Damon Sublett (ditto), Mitch Hilligoss–because Derek Jeter is really slipping. He’s 34 (or at least will soon be) and is no spring chicken. His .322 BA this year was incredibly soft, and his RBI production declined big time. Walks decreased, and K’s were magnified. Thankfully his contract expires in 2009 (I believe) because he’s on the decline. Maybe it is his knee, but it’s been a couple of years now that I realize he’s lost a step and range in the field.
Yankees Win First 2 From KC; Seattle Loses September 9, 2007Posted by Pablo Zevallos in AAA S/WB, Andy Pettitte, Brian Bruney, Bronson Sardhina, Chris Britton, Derek Jeter, Ian Kennedy, Jeff Karstens, Kei Igawa, Kevin Youkilis, Ross Ohlendorf, Sean Henn, Trenton Thunder.
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The Yankees have won the first two games of their three-gamer from Kansas City. A-Rod has three homers in those games, breaking the Yankees record for a right-handed hitter (held previously by himself and Joe D.) and the major league record for a third-basemen (held previously by Mike Schmidt).
Ian Kennedy did a decent job, going 5, walking 3, K’ing only two, and allowing 7 hits and two runs. I don’t think he’s always going to be this, or always going to be what he was in his first game at Tampa Bay, but he’ll be somewhere in between, which is still nice. In that game Jorge Posada also homered and Bobby Abreu drove in Jeter with a game-breaking double in the seventh.
Yesterday, Andy Pettite went 6.1 innings, allowing 7 hits, two runs, two walks, and striking out four. Brian Bruney had a horrible game, relieving Chris Britton after 1.2 innings of work. Bruney went a third of an inning, walking three, although he gave up no hits and allowed two runs. He even debated with an umpire over a high pitch six inches over the strike zone. In this game, Wilson Betemit and Johnny Damon also homered.
- Derek Jeter left last night’s game in the fifth due to patellar (knee) tendinitis, and won’t play today and he’ll rest somewhat on Toronto’s artificial turf.
- The S/WB Yankees (AAA) lost to Richmond, 4-3, eliminating them from the playoffs. Disappointing, but when you consider how close the games were with the talent they lost through injury or promotion, they must really be commended for their work this season.
- I didn’t know this, but Austin Jackson is with Trenton (AA) for the playoffs and is doing a very nice job.
- According to Peter Abraham, since the S/WB Yankees’ season is over, The Yankees will call up LHP Kei Igawa, LHP Sean Henn (he doesn’t deserve it), RHP Jeff Karstens (since he threw last night, he’ll arrive on Tuesday), RHP Ross Ohlendorf, and OF Bronson Sardhina before today’s game. Nice crop of players once you include Ohlendorf an Sardhina, who have a nice future with the Yankees.
- Let’-Play-Tag-Kevin Youkilis would love to know why we Yankee fans and the Yankees hate him. He compared his moody style of playing to Paul O’Neill. I’m not sure I even want to go there, but obviously that big head of his is empty.
Yankees Defeat Cleveland August 11, 2007Posted by Pablo Zevallos in Bobby Abreu, Derek Jeter, Don Mattingly, Hideki Matsui, Joba Chamberlain, Joe Torre, Jose Molina, Mariano Rivera, Phil Hughes.
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The future is shining now, as Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain combined to pitch eight scoreless innings, and impressed many. They combined to strike out ten in eight innings, and Mo closed out the ninth. Bobby Abreu continued his hot hitting and drove in 2, A-Rod hit his 501st career HR in the 2nd inning, and Jose Molina, Hideki Matsui, and Derek Jeter each had base knocks as well. Don Mattingly was the manager, and Joe Torre was in the radio booth with John Sterling and Susan Waldman (I pity him). Hughes’s only blemish was a home run allowed to Josh Barfield in the fifth, and Chamberlain struck out the side in the eighth.