Veteran shortstop Derek Jeter was scratched from the Yankees’ lineup Saturday due to a bruised right heel that he suffered while lunging for a base on Friday night. The Yanks insisted that the injury was minor at the time, and now we have proof.
Jeter is back in the Bombers’ starting lineup on Sunday, according to The Journal News, batting leadoff and playing shortstop as the Yankees wrap up an interleague series with the Mets.
The 35-year-old is batting .280 this season with a .334 on-base percentage, eight home runs and 34 RBI in 289 at-bats. Those are far from Jeter-like numbers, but he does have a 990 OPS with runners in scoring position.
Carlos Gomez entered the Rays-Blue Jays game as a pinch hitter last night, struck out looking and was ejected because he argued the call. But though his time in the game was quickly over, his evening was just beginning.
Gomez didn’t even wait for the game to end before taking to Twitter to rip home plate umpire Andy Fletcher First thing he did was post video of himself being called out on strikes, saying “the only job they have is to call balls and strikes. Do you guys think that pitch is a strike?
He went on:
And more, saying that if he kept showing these he’d find ten more pitches like this called strikes that, he believes, were balls:
He also believes that strikes thrown by Rays pitchers were balls:
There were other tweets that he subsequently deleted, but when he got back to his hotel room, he posted a six-minute-long video apologizing for some of those posts, saying “I made a mistake” — it’s not clear what it was he had deleted or what he was mistaken about — but then he went on to say that Fletcher was “brutal” and that he was not doing his job, claiming that if you watched more video of the game you’d see that Fletcher missed more than 30 pitches.
You get ejected for arguing balls and strikes in this league. You get fined for saying bad things about umpires after a game. My guess is that saying LOTS of bad things about umpires after a game, along with video evidence publicly criticizing them, you’re gonna get a BIG, BIG fine and, possibly, a suspension.
Hope that all made you feel better, though, Carlos!