I surrender: unleash your “Derek Jeter-is-a-Winner” Porn. Let us revel in it.

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Derek Jeter came back yesterday, hit a home run and took major part in the Yankees win. The crowd goes wild and the media goes wilder. Such is the way of the Jeter World.

I am usually the first person to mock overly-effusive examples of “Jeter-is-a-magical-winning-unicorn!” prose, the likes of which always comes out when Jeter does great things. The stuff which puts people like me in the uncomfortable position of having to say that an inner-circle Hall of Famer is overrated. Something which you’d think one would never have to do, but which comes up a lot with Jeter. His career is the kind which we’d think is beyond superlatives, but they keep coming up with increasingly crazy superlatives for him and it gets out of hand, often.

But I’m letting it go. At least for now, maybe forever. Biogenesis and Alex Rodriguez stuff is beyond depressing. Just an utter slog. The Yankees’ season, while certainly not over yet, has been depressing too.  But now Jeter is back and he did baseball stuff that made people happy yesterday. And people should revel in that until Hell won’t have it, because that’s what it’s all about.

Though it’s my job to offer my view on PED stuff and my view on that is well-known by now, as a fan I’d rather put up with the most eye-rollingly crazy Jeter stuff than the most cogent and hard-headed PED arguments. One is fun. The other is not. Business is business and pleasure is pleasure and baseball is still and always will be more about pleasure than it is about business for me.

All Hail Derek Jeter. None of the excessive things said about him are anywhere close to as troublesome as the purely factual things about drugs and suspensions all that noise said about anyone else.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.