Forget Sergeants..No Time for Captains!
Back on Feb. 27 at Steinbrenner Field, Derek Jeter stood in front of his locker and vowed to be relevant until the imminent end of his glorious career.
“If I ever felt that I wasn’t important,” the Yankees’ captain declared, “then I would have left a long time ago.”
Well, he’s still important, all right — maybe even more important than he has been in a few years, given the paucity of production around him. And because he’s so important, it hurts the Yankees all the more when he lets them down.
That’s precisely what happened Tuesday night at Rogers Centre, when Jeter’s second homer of the season and a walk couldn’t make up for a pair of mental misfires on defense. The Yankees lost an ugly, 7-6 game to the Blue Jays, their climb out of a six-run hole having gone for naught, when rookie Yangervis Solarte’s throwing error on a Melky Cabrera bunt allowed Jose Reyes to score from second base.
...His explanations were perfectly reasonable. It’s just that we’re not accustomed to asking him for explanations. At least not until this season.
In a 10-2 loss to Seattle on June 2, Jeter let Kyle Seager leg out a triple because he didn’t realize the ball was fair. And in a more innocuous yet buzz-worthy moment at the Yankees’ home opener, April 7 against Baltimore, Jeter jogged on a long fly ball to left field he thought would leave the field of play and then nearly got thrown out trying to get a double when the hit didn’t clear the fence.
This quite flawed Yankees roster could use miracles from its shortstop, and so far, the only shocking development has been his occasional brain hiccups. Which presents one more obstacle to a team already facing plenty of them..
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