In a story that is sure to fly under the radar in the New York media, Mets right-hander Matt Harvey is in attendance for Derek Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium tonight. Meanwhile, the Mets are playing the second game of a doubleheader against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.
Harvey, who grew up a Yankees fan, made no secret of the fact that was he was at the game. He posted the following picture and message on his Instagram account earlier this evening:
“Tonight is about #RE2PECT!! Saying farewell and paying the man this game has been blessed to have! A childhood idol and it’s now an honor to call a friend!!! #derekjeter“
While Harvey’s presence will provide some extra fuel to fans and columnists/talk radio hosts who have already made up their minds about his character and motivations, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson doesn’t seem to have a problem with it:
In the first at-bat of his final Yankee Stadium game Derek Jeter hit an RBI double off the wall, missing a home run by about a foot:
He then came around to score, tying the game at 2-2.
With Derek Jeter moments away from playing his final home game at Yankee Stadium, NBC’s Bob Costas took a moment to reflect on the Captain’s Hall of Fame career.
As Costas acknowledges in the video below, Jeter’s place in history won’t just be about the statistics that he produced on the field. While impressive in their own right, they don’t make him one of the best players of all-time or even the best player of this era. Part of Jeter’s legacy is about circumstance, playing for the Yankees at precisely the right time. But it’s also about the person, who managed to avoid any real scandal while playing his entire 20-year major league career in the biggest media market in the world.
Call Jeter “overrated” if you want, but looking purely at his statistics or defensive shortcomings is missing the nuances of a unique individual in a unique situation. And that’s what makes his legacy both polarizing and fascinating.
Watch Costas’ take below:
The top of the list of best-selling jerseys since the All-Star break is not surprising. But the names which follow him suggest that, contrary to popular opinion, baseball will not be devoid of stars once Jeter retires.
MLB Most Popular Player Jerseys – 2nd Half
Based on sales on MLB.com/Shop of Majestic jerseys since the 2014 All-Star break
1. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
2. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
3. Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim
4. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
5. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
6. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
7. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
8. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
9. Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics/Boston Red Sox*
10. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
11. Albert Pujols, LA Angels of Anaheim
12. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
13. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
14. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
15. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
16. Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics
17. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
18. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
19. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers
20. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
Numbers 2 through 5 are stars who will be around a good long while. As are 7, 9, 12 and 16-20. But sure, baseball is devoid of players anyone has heard of before.
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the Astros have asked the Dbacks permission to interview Phil Nevin for their managerial job. Nevin is currently the manager for the Dbacks Triple-A team in Reno.
Nevin has a lot of minor league managing experience. He served three seasons at Triple-A Toledo before Arizona hired him before this season. Heck, if Kirk Gibson gets fired, he may have a shot at the Dbacks top job too.
Oh, and in keeping with the news of the day: Nevin was the number one overall pick in the 1992 draft. A few slots ahead of Derek Jeter. Which caused some consternation at the time, and especially since.