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Saturday, April 20, 2013

TSL: The Yankees Long-Term Problem: There’s No New Jeter In Sight

In the playoffs, Jeter’s absence — while not as extreme — had the same damaging psychological effect on the Yankees as Biggie’s death had on Junior Mafia. The group slowly fell out of relevance without its heart to pump greatness into everyone else.

... Robinson Cano is the future face of the Yankees and is going to get blessed with a Jeter-type mega-deal at year’s end. The Yankees are hoping he can hold the fort down better than Lil’ Cease did when B.I.G. left.

While the injury is not career-threatening, a workhorse like Jeter wishes he could trade in all his millions for a new body. What does he have left as a shortstop – two seasons at most? If he chooses to pursue Pete Rose’s hits record, he’ll do it as a DH.

Envisioning the Yankees infield with a no-name at short is weird, like watching “What’s Happening” after mama passed. Or “Good Times” after James died. If the Yankees do get Jeter back this season, cherish the plate appearances and the hustle-hard base-running. We’re all getting a reminder of how ill Father Time is. He throws an unhittable fast ball. One even the great Jeter can’t get around on.

Or as we used to say…“No, No, Nadette”.

 

Repoz Posted: April 20, 2013 at 06:15 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM (#4420250)
In the playoffs, Jeter’s absence — while not as extreme — had the same damaging psychological effect on the Yankees as Biggie’s death had on Junior Mafia. The group slowly fell out of relevance without its heart to pump greatness into everyone else.


I'm sorry, what?
   2. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM (#4420257)
I'm sorry, what?

Well, it's true that the Buddy Holly's income kind of went downhill after that plane crash, and JFK never had any more children after 1963, and I think it's safe to assume that Jeter's loss will be equally devastating to the Yankees.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 20, 2013 at 01:45 PM (#4420361)
This might be the stupidest thing I've ever read. I am dumber for having read it - I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Seriously, though, I am beyond sick of the quasi-psychological speculation that passes for so much "analysis" these days. "They were intimidated and came out and played tight," etc. Why do people pay other people to spout this crap? It's just making s*** up.
   4. RollingWave Posted: April 20, 2013 at 02:27 PM (#4420391)
Derek Jeter through age 29 season : 40.4 WAR in 5523 PA

Robinson Cano through age 29 season : 37.6 WAR in 5110 PA

The next Jeter have been here since 2005, they need the next Cano.

   5. spike Posted: April 20, 2013 at 02:29 PM (#4420393)
"quasi-psychological speculation" is the basis for virtually all NFL analysis, which is another reason to despise it. In fairness, sportswriting, like country music, has always had a large capacity for stupid and overextended metaphors.
   6. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 20, 2013 at 02:37 PM (#4420403)
This writer's pop culture analogies are like the polar bear on "Lost": they must have seemed like a good idea at the time, but didn't actually mean anything. I feel like Venus Flytrap teaching Lady Edith Crawley about protons while Louis CK eats Ben's Pizza.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 20, 2013 at 02:50 PM (#4420414)
This writer's pop culture analogies are like the polar bear on "Lost":


Whoah. That's so meta.
   8. Greg K Posted: April 20, 2013 at 02:56 PM (#4420417)
I feel like Venus Flytrap teaching Lady Edith Crawley about protons while Louis CK eats Ben's Pizza.

I've got my fingers crossed for a Louis C.K. guest-role as Mary's love interest in the up-coming season. Seemed unlikely up until a couple weeks ago, but I just finished Battlestar Galactica, and if John Hodgman can play a neuro-surgeon anything is possible!
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 20, 2013 at 04:05 PM (#4420507)
A 1st ballot Hall of Famer will make any team better.
   10. bookbook Posted: April 20, 2013 at 04:14 PM (#4420519)
Not the Mariners.
   11. cardsfanboy Posted: April 20, 2013 at 04:14 PM (#4420521)
I feel like Venus Flytrap teaching Lady Edith Crawley about protons while Louis CK eats Ben's Pizza.


I got the Flytrap reference...and I understand that Louis Ck is a guy who pretends to be a comedian...missed the other two references though.
   12. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 20, 2013 at 04:39 PM (#4420572)
A 1st ballot Hall of Famer in his prime will make any team better.

FF
   13. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 20, 2013 at 04:51 PM (#4420584)
Hey, I don't think "Pasta-diving Nunez" has quite the same ring, does it?
   14. Walt Davis Posted: April 20, 2013 at 06:23 PM (#4420668)
That there is no new Jeter in sight is evidence of the effectiveness of birth control.
   15. BDC Posted: April 20, 2013 at 08:15 PM (#4420764)
I've got my fingers crossed for a Louis C.K. guest-role as Mary's love interest in the up-coming season

"Mary, honey, I was in a motorcar and there was radio, over the æther radio in the motorcar, that's the newest thing that I know exists. And I'm sitting in the motorcar and and you can turn on the radio and crystal clear and I'm listening to Al Jolson, it's amazing. I'm in a motorcar and then it breaks down and the driver goes pish tosh this is fiddlefaddle. Like how quickly the world owes him something he knew existed only 10 seconds ago and in motorcars …"
   16. Howie Menckel Posted: April 20, 2013 at 08:46 PM (#4420788)

"That there is no new Jeter in sight is evidence of the effectiveness of birth control."

hmm, I wonder if those gift baskets Jeter gives his conquests should go thru a radiation detector


   17. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 21, 2013 at 04:10 AM (#4420953)
and I understand that Louis Ck is a guy who pretends to be a comedian


Blasphemy.
   18. Greg K Posted: April 21, 2013 at 04:25 AM (#4420955)
#15, Lovely!

I got the Flytrap reference...and I understand that Louis Ck is a guy who pretends to be a comedian...missed the other two references though.

I'm sure by "Ben's Pizza" he meant to say "the Low Cal Calzone Zone".

And Lady Edith Crawley is the one who is wooed by the married farmer, the cripple, and the editor that looks suspiciously like a young Michael Palin.


   19. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: April 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM (#4421038)
I used to love Ben's Pizza. Is it still there?
   20. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 21, 2013 at 02:02 PM (#4421196)
and I understand that Louis Ck is a guy who pretends to be a comedian

Never watched him, I don't really care for standup comedians as a genre, but I can't stand people who go by stage names that aren't full names.
   21. Copronymus Posted: April 21, 2013 at 03:32 PM (#4421336)
Never watched him, I don't really care for standup comedians as a genre, but I can't stand people who go by stage names that aren't full names.


His name is Szekely, so having people say "Cee-Kay" is actually a lot closer to the proper pronunciation of his name than whatever people would come up with by themselves anywhere outside of Hungary.
   22. Walt Davis Posted: April 21, 2013 at 06:11 PM (#4421513)
I can't stand people who go by stage names that aren't full names.

Pleased to meet you Mr. Snapper.
   23. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 21, 2013 at 06:28 PM (#4421524)
I can't stand people who go by stage names that aren't full names.

So tough luck, Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses.

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