We haven’t checked in on Derek Jeter gifts for a while. But this past weekend marked his last visit to Camden Yards as a player, and here was his haul:
- A U.S. Navy Captain’s hat;
- A bucket of crabs, presented by Boog Powell; and
- a $10,000 check in his name for the Miracle League of Manasota, which is a charity that helps kids with special needs play baseball.
I like this assemblage. The crabs are definitely of a place, the hat is symbolic and small — easily displayed in Chez Jeter — and the charitable donation is obviously for a good cause. These gifts beats guitars and large, gimmicky pieces of furniture which are probably going next be seen on an auction block after the heat dies down in a couple of decades. I mean, Jeter is gonna eat the crabs, right?
Mostly I just love Chesapeake Bay crabs.
TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.
Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.
“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”
Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.
The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.
Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.