Remember that documentary HBO is doing about Derek Jeter’s pursuit of his 3000th hit, “Derek Jeter 3K?” It’s a go.
It’s airing on July 28th at 9PM on HBO. Smart scheduling, in that the Yankees are off that night. Sure, there are 12 other baseball games that hardcore fans would probably be better off watching, but it’s a free country. If you’re curious, this is what you’re going to get for your hour’s worth:
For the first time ever, Jeter wore a microphone during two games including the one where he reached the 3,000 career hit milestone. He also allowed MLB Productions camera crews to follow him on multiple occasions and in a variety of settings, including in his home and during rehabilitation from a calf injury. “DEREK JETER 3K” also will feature exclusive interview footage with the Yankee captain which was recorded shortly after he became only the 28th player in MLB history to achieve the milestone.
Still mic’d up afterward, eh? I wonder if he was caught on tape saying “Wow, you mean that dude is just going to give me the ball? Hey, Woodhouse — tear up that $500K check we had ready, will ya? Or, I don’t know, spend it on something I might like. I don’t care.”
The Yankees interviewed Aaron Boone for their managerial vacancy on Friday, and today it was Chris Woodward’s turn. That makes at least five interviews since the offseason began, and Woodward’s likely won’t be the last.
Like fellow candidate Eric Wedge, whom the Yankees interviewed just last week, Woodward has never played or coached for the club. He spent the majority of his 12-year career with the Blue Jays and picked up brief stints with the Mets, Braves, Mariners and Red Sox before returning to Toronto for his final season in 2011. Following retirement, he served as the Mariners’ minor league infield coordinator and infield and first base coach from 2012-2015. During the 2015 offseason, he jumped over to the National League to work with the Dodgers as a third base coach, and saw his first postseason run since the Mets lost to the Dodgers in the 2006 NLDS.
While Woodward has yet to manage at the major league level, he was named manager of the New Zealand national team during the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifiers. It’s certainly conceivable that the Yankees would prefer a candidate with significant experience leading a major league team, but right now the only person who fits that bill is Eric Wedge — and, well, it’s Eric Wedge.