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.”
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!