As a Met fan it’s always hard to give the Yankees their due …yet today I have much respect for one Yankee ..Derek Jeter. In a town where he was a unknown as a rookie Joe Torre took a chance on the man who fans came to know as “Jete”. Don’t forge the Yankees had a slick fielding solid switch hitting shortstop in Tony Fernandez. The Jeter era came on the heels of the end of the Don Mattingly era. Could you imagine the Yankees with Mattingly and Jeter at the same time?Two plays to me typified Jeter …the hit in a big moment in the ALCS against the Baltimore when he hit a drive to right field that a fan interfered with, the point is in that moment he wasn’t fazed by the spotlight. This was Jeter’s rookie season. The other play to me that showed me the difference between Jeter and more talented shortstops …was the play known as the flip in the playoffs against the Oakland A’s. That one you need to see the video to understand what I mean. In fact once you scroll down later you will see that video.
As a shortstop, Jeter spent his entire 20-year MLB playing career with the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is regarded as one of the primary contributors to the Yankees’ success of the late 1990s and early 2000s for his hitting, baserunning, fielding, and leadership. He is the Yankees’ all-time career leader in hits (3,465), doubles (544), games played (2,747), stolen bases(358), times on base (4,716), plate appearances (12,602) and at bats (11,195). Jeter had 14 All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award.
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights …Derek Jeter.
During Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the Yankees trailed the Baltimore Orioles 4–3 in the 8th inning when Jeter hit a fly ball to right field that was ruled a home run by the umpires after twelve-year-old fan Jeffrey Maier reached over the wall to catch the ball. Though the ball would have remained in play if not for Maier, and could have been caught by Tony Tarasco, the home run stood as called, tying the game. It marked the first home run of Jeter’s postseason career. The Yankees won the game and defeated the Orioles in five games.
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Derek Jeter.
|May 29, 1995, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 28, 2014, for the New York Yankees|
|Runs batted in||1,311|
|Career highlights and awards|
I have been a Knick fan since the season that they won their first championship, my grandfather took me to my first Knick game. I have seen this franchise at it’s best and rooted for it at it’s worst.There are times when I believe Dolan is what is wrong with the Knicks …the reign of horror with Isaiah Thomas, the forced feed Triangle with Phil Jackson but for now I reserve judgement on Knick management on this twist in the plot. My friend Brian shot me text about Porzingis meeting management with concerns about the direction of the team of which I thought and relied he has no leverage what’s his beef? Then within minutes he texted me again about this trade …I followed the story and then it became offical. Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr and Trey Burke to the Dallas Mavericks for Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan and Dennis Smith Jr. I was for lack of a better word stunned…they did what? How could they pull off a deal this huge in this short of time? Why would you trade your franchise player ? I received another text…I know you didn’t see this coming did you? I replied no I didn’t. Even now as I write this entry my phone is blowing up from the texts as my friends and I try to make sense as to what happened and what possibly will happen and what the fall out is if things don’t work out. My original thoughts were to kill the Knicks on this deal, so close to the finish line of Tanking the season…and believe after a certain point it makes sense to Tank. yet my gut says Kristaps Porzingis had more to do behind the scenes to push the Knicks toward this deal , their meeting with him on Thursday just confirmed what they knew…their big franchise player who accomplished in his time here in New York did not want to be here. He complained behind the scenes, even though he put a very public face of the team is heading in the right direction. He didn’t want to stay patient, so the Knicks for once did something smart …they took back expiring contracts not bloated contracts into the next decade. They did get back a young player in Dennis Smith Jr that they could add to their core and they created salary cap space for two max free agents this summer. This is a huge risk, but …for now they made the best deal in theory if they get Durant /Kyrie or Klay Thompson and Durant or Kawhi Leonard and Durant or Kyrie. All are IFS until we see further what happens next. But for now marked my stunned on this deal but not ready to kill Knick management …for once.
This past Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, it marked possibly the last time time we will see Dirk Nowitzki on the Garden floor. His career started in 1998 to the present 21 seasons of NBA excellence. All by the way with one team, the Dallas Mavericks. He is 7th in all time scoring in the history of the NBA with 31,254 points. If he is rolling in your town soon …give a good hand to a legend
Maybe you missed this little news story …Red Sox sign previously banned Mejia to minor league deal . Here’s the rub …Jenrry Mejia was banned for life after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDS) on 3 separate occasions. Not one not two but three times. Yes the Comissioner reinstated Mejia after meeting with him. Yes it’s about giving a person another chance, but look at all the free agent relievers that are still available Red Sox own Craig Kimbrel, amoung others and the best Boston can do is sign a three cheat? This isn’t sitting well with several players and normally the players are more supportive about their own ….