Derek Jeter


Derek Jeter drives in a season-high three runs; Yankees throw one-hitter vs. Orioles


Derek Jeter began his final home series in style tonight, driving in a season-high three runs in a 5-0 victory over the Orioles. Oh, and in other news, Michael Pineda, Shawn Kelley, Rich Hill, and David Phelps combined for a one-hitter. Hey, it’s easy to get overshadowed by Jeter right now.

Pineda was completely dominant in the win, striking out eight batters while issuing just one walk over 7 1/3 innings. The lone hit came on a one-out single from J.J. Hardy in the fifth inning. The 25-year-old right-hander now owns a 1.97 ERA in eight starts since coming off the disabled list and a 1.93 ERA in 10 starts overall this season.

Jeter had an RBI groundout in the third inning and later ripped a double into the left field corner in the fifth to score two more runs. By driving in three runs tonight, he passed Hall of Famers Enos Slaughter and Roberto Clemente on the all-time RBI list and is now tied with Paul Molitor for 109th all-time with 1,307 RBI. The 40-year-old has caught fire with only days remaining in his career, batting .417 (10-for-24) with four extra-base hits and six RBI over his last six games.

It wasn’t all bad news for the Orioles tonight. The Tigers lost to the White Sox, so Baltimore has clinched home-field advantage for the ALDS.

A Ring Pop fit for a king. Or a captain.

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Moichandising! Moichandising! Where the real money from the farewell tour is made!

Derek Jeter: the T-shirt, Derek Jeter: the Coloring Book, Derek Jeter: the Lunchbox, Derek Jeter: the Breakfast Cereal! Derek Jeter: the Flame Thrower!!


The kids love this one.

I get a lot of publicist emails, but this one may be one of the sillier ones ever:

As you know, The Captain will be saying farewell.  Because Bazooka Candy Brands wanted to celebrate his illustrious career and sparkling record with something just as illustrious and sparkling, they have created a Swarovski-encrusted Ring Pop fit for the king of baseball.

As you will see below, the ring is set with blue and clear Swarovski crystals in a pinstripe pattern, reflecting his pinstripe uniform, around a candy blue center.  The Derek Jeter Swarovski-encrusted Ring Pop is a very limited edition, not available at retail, and not meant for consumption.  The Ring Pop will be gifted to Jeter—a sweet send off for one of the sweetest players in baseball.

This is it:


I am sure Derek Jeter is honored. Either that or he’s getting a restraining order.

What do you think, Derek?


Us too.

Must-Click Link: Derek Jeter opens up. Seriously, he really does.

Derek Jeter

This is pretty notable, actually. After 20 years of somehow managing the trick of being in the center of baseball’s spotlight yet revealing little if anything about himself, Derek Jeter has opened up a bit. Just a bit, but it’s still a notable amount. It comes in the course of this story by Chris Smith at New York Magazine, which goes into Jeter’s West Village home and provides us a glimpse of his life.

Among the highlights are friends and family talking about Jeter’s need for control and structure. About how, even at age 21, he was a mature and full-formed adult uniquely capable of charting the path he did, in which none of the things which trip up most young superstar athletes — especially those in New York — managed to trip him up. Maybe the biggest highlight are the numerous candid photos of him by New York Magazine’s Christopher Anderson in and around New York which are a preview for a full book of photos chronicling his last year as a ballplayer which will come out soon. They’re excellent.

Some great quotes from Jeter:

  • On reporters who say he’s a boring interview: “If I was giving them headlines all the time, I wouldn’t have been here for 20 years. But they ask boring questions. Give me a different question, and I’ll give you a different answer.”
  • On politics: “I don’t have to get into politics,” Jeter says sharply. “I voted for Obama. But another thing I realized is my job is as a baseball player, so I stick with what I know the best.”
  • On preferring Old Yankee Stadium to New Yankee Stadium: “It was a different feel . . . The old stadium, if you were at the stadium, in the stands, the only place you could see the game was in your seat. Now there’s so many suites and places people can go. So a lot of times it looks like it’s empty, but it’s really not. The old stadium, it was more intimidating. The fans were right on top of you.”
  • On Hal and Hank Steinbrenner’s relative absence from the team: “They’re not around as much as the Boss was. The Boss would pop in frequently during the course of the season. Hal and Hank, they don’t really come in too often.”
  • On Alex Rodriguez: “Jeter glares. ‘This is not an Alex story.’”

The quotes about A-Rod and Yankee Stadium and that he voted for Obama will get all of the immediate press here, but my biggest takeaway is that Jeter seems keenly aware of sports figures, teams and leagues increasingly bypassing traditional media, eliminating the middle man and reporting their own stories.

Part of this is just in the example of privacy and control he has set his entire career. Part of this is his comment about how reporters “ask boring questions.” But it’s not just that. He talks about the potential future of his publishing imprint which, in addition to conventional titles, will seek to “find formats that are suitable for personalities who want to reveal more about themselves without feeling too exposed.”

I have written about this sort of thing for several years now. More sports news is being broken by and even sports features are being put out by primary sources. The role of the reporter is becoming more narrow, with the rote things which take up a lot of a reporter’s time — telling us the basic facts, providing the lineups and game stories, telling us that a trade happened — being taken over by the newsmakers themselves. Newsmakers like Derek Jeter will not just allow someone to take photographs of him during his farewell tour, he’ll publish it himself. And I feel like that’s just the beginning for him.

Just about everything about Jeter seems smart. And, ironically, given all of the tributes and remembrances and retrospectives currently flooding the mediaspace, forward-looking.

And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Royals 5, Tigers 2: Nori Aoki hit a two-run triple as the Royals salvage one from the three game series and, for now at least, salvage their AL Central title chances. Being down three and a half — with that half game pending in the form of the resumption of the suspended game against the Indians tonight — feels a lot harder than being down one and a half with the half-game pending.

Pirates 1, Brewers 0: The knockout blow to the Brewers, one expects, as they’re now four and a half back of the Pirates for the wild card. Vance Worley tossed eight shutout innings. Russell Martin drove in the lone Pirates run. Martin’s season: .297/.408/.442 is pretty darn amazing, even having missed a lot of time, especially in a day and age when offense sucks as much as it does.

Astros 8, Mariners 3: Jake Marisnick hit a three-run homer for the second day in a row and the Mariners drop two of three to Houston. Nothing personal against the Astros, but they’re a team you should take care of if you consider yourself a real contender.

Indians 7, Twins 2: Corey Kluber was outstanding again, striking out 14 for the second straight start. If you predicted that Kluber would win 17 or 18 games this season with an ERA around two and a half and that he’d strike out over ten dudes for every nine innings pitched, well, you’re a better man than me.

Dodgers 8, Cubs 5: Matt Kemp homered and drove in four. Yasiel Puig scored four times, while only getting two hits and not walking. Reached on an error and on a strikeout/wild pitch combo. The Dodgers treated this as a bullpen game, pushing back Dan Haren so he could face the Giants tonight. Six pitchers in all.

White Sox 10, Rays 5: John Danks took a no-hitter into the sixth, but he didn’t need to be that good with this kind of run support. At the time he gave up that hit he had a 10-0 lead. Avisail Garcia hit two home runs.

Mets 10, Braves 2: Jacob deGrom continues his wonderful run, striking out 10 in six innings in which he allowed only one earned run. Anthony Recker drove in three. The Mets have a very real chance of finishing the season in second place. As for the Braves: they were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Their practical elimination came a long time ago, however, and they’ve been playing absolutely putrid baseball. After the game manager Fredi Gonzalez said “Today we didn’t play good baseball.” Oh, “today.”

Red Sox 3, Orioles 2: The Sox take two of three from the O’s, who continue to rest multiple regulars a game in order to prepare for the playoffs. Joe Kelly was solid. Mookie Betts and David Ross hit homers.

Nationals 2, Marlins 1: The Nats aren’t letting up any, eh? They took all four from the Marlins. Stephen Strasburg tossed seven shutout innings. The Nats just completed an 9-2 roadtrip and now head home to close things out for the regular season.

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2: Masahiro Tanaka returned to the mound for the first time since July 8 and allowed one run over five and a third, throwing 70 pitches. Best of all, he said he didn’t feel any pain in his elbow. Derek Jeter went 2 for 4. On the weekend he was 8 for 15 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI. Nice to seem him ending strong for the folks at home.

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Rangers 2, Angels 1: Ryan Rua hit his first ever homer in the top of the ninth in a tie game off of Huston Street. Not bad. The Rangers, by the way, have won eight of nine. The Angels, despite dropping two of three here, have a two and a half game lead over the Orioles for home field advantage in the playoffs.

Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 3: The Rockies have won six straight, the Dbacks have lost six straight and after all of that Arizona is back in the cellar and possesses the worst record in baseball. Been nice knowin’ ya, Gibby.

Padres 8, Giants 2: The Giants got swept by the Padres, which, man. They’re still in good wild card shape given how far back Milwaukee has fallen, but now they stand a decent chance of having to travel to Pittsburgh rather than hosting the Pirates, which is probably not anything they wanted.

Athletics 8, Phillies 6: A two-run walkoff homer for Josh Donaldson as the A’s take two of three to keep things from totally plotzing. Geovany Soto drove in three.

Reds 7, Cardinals 2: A three run homer from Devin Mesoraco and a solo shot from Jay Bruce in the eighth sealed this one. Bruce had two homers, actually. Contributing to all of this was the face that the Cardinals’ clubhouse had a stomach bug epidemic over the past day or so, making many relievers unavailable, so that all sounded like fun.

The Yankees will open the gates early for their final home series next week

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With Derek Jeter’s career coming to an end, the Yankees announced this morning that they will open the gates early next week for their final home series of the season:

This isn’t all out of the goodness of the Yankees’ hearts, as they’ll surely make a pretty penny on concessions by opening the gates early, but it’s still cool if you want to see as much Jeter as possible before he’s gone.