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Derek Jeter returns to the field

Mar 14, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT

New York Yankees shortstop Jeter sets up for a pitch during a MLB spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Tampa, Florida

Derek Jeter returned last night for his first game action at shortstop since breaking his leg in the ALCS. He got exactly one defensive chance: a grounder right to him, which he fielded cleanly, natch.

He said he felt fine. The Yankees say he won’t play back-to-back games in the field for a while. But he is expected to be on track for Opening Day.

In other news: that picture of Jeter brings home just how important the Yankees uniforms are to the mystique, yes? I’m not kidding. How different would be think of Jeter if he routinely played with some team in a central division that routinely wore the softball uniform alternate jerseys as opposed to the clean and businesslike pinstripes and road grays?

It’s easy to mock the whole Yankees’ mystique and aura thing, but there are elements of truth to it. Even if he had won five rings playing for, say, Colorado, how much more of an iconic figure is Jeter for having played in pinstripes?

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    1) It is good to see Jeter back on the field in a Yankee uniform. The world is at ease.

    2) Speaking of the world, March 14 (3.14) is Pi day. The other 264 days are Cake Days.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      Edit Function “364 Days”

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:17 AM

        That’s OK, fiscal year is usually only 250-265 fiscal days, your business brain took you over for a second.

        You get a pass as far as i’m concerned. ( Upper management might fire you anyway, fickle fickle )

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:21 AM

        I did not have my morning coffee when I typed that.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      Ahem

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        No,no….. white smoke, remember? It’s “Amen”.

  2. darthicarus - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that a new Pope is elected on the same day Jeter returns to the field…have we seen both of them in the same room yet?

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      Too soon. The new Pope is probably a virgin and has only heard about the missionary position.

      • deathmonkey41 - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        Rumor has it that several nuns have received gift baskets from him though.

  3. heyblueyoustink - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    “It’s easy to mock the whole Yankees’ mystique and aura thing, but there are elements of truth to it.”

    Is there a Sabermetric for this? I mean yesterday we *were* hearing doubts on the whole “clubhouse chemistry” bit.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Curt Schilling had some thoughts on “Mystique and Aura.”

  5. randygnyc - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Depends where you are. In the south Bronx at 162nd street, mystique and aura equals a winning tradition. Just a few blocks away, Mystique and Aura are worn out, street hustling, prostitutes with bad weaves and herpetic mouth sores.

    • mybrunoblog - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Come on man. Any Yankee fan worth his salt knows the Stadium is 161st street not 162nd. We moved 4 years ago but the address didn’t change. Wow I’m really surprised you blew that one.

      • bolweevils2 - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        Are any Yankee fans worth salt?

  6. paperlions - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Jeter has probably dated Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) and has the gift basket to prove it.

    • number42is1 - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      “Dated”?

    • Kevin S. - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Chances that he goes back for another dose of Mystique with Jennifer Lawrence?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        You guys are like tabloid reporters, the way you keep up with celebrities.

  7. mirmz - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Christ, just give him his gold glove now.

  8. explodet - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Colorado play in pinstripes too….

  9. anxovies - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Damn you Craig for invoking images of Jeter in one of those Pirates uniforms of the late ’70s. The one with the black pants, yellow jersey and black cap with yellow rings. Some things you just can’t get out of your head.

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