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Great Moments in Derek Jeter deification

Jul 12, 2013, 8:22 AM EST

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Derek Jeter came back yesterday. And had an OK day before leaving with an injury. And the team won. All, except for the injury of course, good things.  Wallace Matthews thinks something else was going on, though. Something magical!

Jeter’s first trip to the plate was like a coronation … and his first trip around the bases was like a victory lap … And although Jeter’s contribution was modest … there was something different about the way his teammates went about their business on this day … Earlier this week, falling behind 3-0 in the first inning as the Yankees did Thursday would have meant facing certain defeat, but Jeter’s Yankee teams were never done in the first inning, and neither was this one.

The power of Jeter compels you, I guess.

Assignment to a beat writer: ask Yankees players why they try harder when Jeter is around than when he isn’t. See what they say.

  1. chacochicken - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Well, Derek has fed the multitude with gift baskets of fruit and cheese, raised Laz, er Lyle Overbay from the dead. The resurrection of Vernon Wells was a false alarm, just nerve impulses. I think under the rules of the Catholic Church, Jeter has certainly met the requirements for sainthood.
    O Captain! My Captain!

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      That’s it. Jeter must not be allowed to play, ever again. We will not have any kind of worship of any percieved sorts on the baseball field.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        Are you implying that worship of Jeter is contrary to the US Constitution?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        Following the logic of deification, it must be so!

        ( That would help our friends up North, no? )

      • bravojawja - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        Is there no truth to the rumor that the Yankees’ ground crew carved Jeter’s face on the back of the pitcher’s mound?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        As a non-Jetarian, I say he *must* be banished for life. Him and his imagery. As a Phillies fan, this has caused me great pain and anguish since 2009.

      • anthonyverna - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        Heyblue, I was at the Johnny Damon-takes-two bases game. That play still haunts my dreams more than anything Jeter has done.

      • anthonyverna - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        Except when I have a date with a Yankee fan (since I now live in northern NJ). “Who’s your favorite Yankee?”

        “Jeter.”

        Yup. That’s the answer. Always.

  2. lazlosother - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Domini Domini Domini, you’re all jeterians now.

    • yahmule - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      Better check your Jeten levels everybody.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      Ima need a basket first.

  3. sumerduckman - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    The heavens rejoice, and the cherubim sing! Now I understand the Jews for Jeter t-shirts I saw at the last Nats/Yankees game.

    • hittfamily - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      I have never been a member of the Jeter Christ of Latter Day Yanks.

  4. inthearex - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    So wait, the team that designated him CAPTAIN has no presence when he steps onto the field or in the clubhouse Craig? I’ve been watching Yankee baseball since I can remember. Matthews is right, jeter’s teams were never out of a ball game period. Matthews may have been hyperbolic but to diminish jeter’s leadership qualities is ignorant. Every team on every level has one guy on the team where everyone looks too for leadership and guidance. There’s a sense of “ok, we have our guy back, lets do some damage”. That’s in every sport on every level.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Game Seven, 2004 ALCS — the Yankees were out of that one.

      • inthearex - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        Game Seven, 2003 ALCS- Should have been out of that one

    • ctony1216 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Wally Matthews has a habit of painting the eggplant purple — a good day is MAGICAL! and a bad day is DOOM!

      But two things Wally got right: The Stadium crowed was fired up, and Jeter’s teammates were a little more pumped than usual. And that’s straight from the players themselves:

      “I think everybody was a little more energetic today,” Romine said. “He’s our captain. We kinda rally around him — he’s our leader, he plays the game hard, and it’s just nice to have a bat like that back in the lineup. It kinda pumped us up.”

    • jwbiii - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Derek Jeter has been the captain of the Yankees for 10 seasons. During that time during that time, they have won one World Series. Throughout they Yankees’ history, they have no captain for 57 seasons. During those times, they won 19 championships. Nobody has been a far more successful captain than Jeter.

    • ctony1216 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      One other point. Jeter’s 1-for-4 seems like nothing. But his second ground out was an attempt to hit the ball to the right side to move Ichiro to third with one out, which he did. And his third ground out got a run home from third with one out.

      Obviously, a couple more hits would have been better than outs, but the Captain does really know how to play the game, and the fans and his teammates appreciate it.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        And when we take off the pinstriped colored glasses, we see that Jeter got a “hit” on a dribbler to third that tejada couldn’t handle, a grounder to second, and a grounder to the SS. He didn’t even get a ball out of the infield.

      • ctony1216 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        Right. He didn’t get a ball out of the infield, and he still scored a run, drove in a run, moved a player to third who eventually scored. That’s my point.

  5. jarathen - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    I want a more flowery interpretation of Jeter.

    “And lo! Didst Jeter descend from on high to swingeth his bat of wood, and with the grace of the Colossus of Rhodes did He defend the short stop, never stooping to scoop a ground ball struck towards Him, all while lifting His boon companions up with the saving grace of Saint Jeter.”

  6. deadeyedesign23 - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    You should hear Michael Kay’s call when he got the hit in his first at bat back. …which was a lazy dribbler up the left side.

  7. sdelmonte - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    A thought experiment: suppose that Jeter had the lousy time of it in rehab, and A-Rod looked good enough to bring back. Would they have raced to bring him back? Would his presence in a win because inspiring? Would people be blaming him for risking injury with a possibly premature return?

    There is obviously a double standard here. A-Rod has brought some of that on himself, and Jeter has done nothing to deserve any sort of stigma. But it’s always so hard to swallow when the press turn them into John Wilkes Booth and Abe Lincoln. And I really do wonder why Jeter is allowed to make statements about his conditioning when A-Rod is not. Otherwise that one is Jeter and the other is A-Rod.

  8. 13arod - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    heyblueyoustink shut up

    • historiophiliac - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Yeah!

  9. someguyinva - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Yankee fans help me out here…

    ESPN made a big deal about how Jeter’s got the Bob Sheppard recording for his AB intros, but they didn’t play it yesterday due to technical difficulties.

    Isn’t it true that the recording says “Shortstop, number 2, Derek Jeter” or some such? Point being that there isn’t one that says “Designated hitter…” (the position Jeter was playing yesterday)?

    • chip56 - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      I’ve been to games where he’s DHed in the past and I think they have another one that just says “Number 2, Derek Jeter, Number 2″

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Wait, the Yankees use s recording of that old mush-mouth when Jeter comes to bat???

      What an insult to Paul Olden.

  10. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Am I the only person who clicked on the article because I initially thought it said defecation instead of deification?

  11. micknangold - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    I find your lack of faith disturbing.

  12. tellitlikeitisty - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    hey…he ran harder to first more times in 1 game than cano has done all year…yankee fans know what im talking about

    • 18thstreet - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Wow. Cano is absolutely carrying this offense. He and Gardiner are the only major-league quality (non-replacement-level) players in the starting lineup, and Gardiner is injured. And you’re griping about his jogging to first?

      400 plate appearances. 100 hits (40 for extra bases), 50 walks.

      You ungrateful bastard.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        Since ’07, here’s a list of numbers for Cano:

        160, 159, 161, 160, 159, 161, and 92.

        Know what those are? His games played by year. 12 total games missed since ’07. 12, out of 1064 total games. Maybe more players should jog down to first if it means staying healthy all year?

      • tellitlikeitisty - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        so running hard to first should be optional ???….for 20 30.grand an at bat….Obama voter…no doubt…

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        so running hard to first should be optional ???

        No genius. But maybe there’s something to be said for not busting it down to first every single time, including those times you get thrown out by 10 feet?

        for 20 30.grand an at bat

        Irrelevant

        Obama voter…no doubt…

        Wtf does this have to do with anything?

      • 18thstreet - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        I, like 65,899,659 other Americans, voted for Obama. And every last one of us have exactly the same opinion on whether Robinson Cano is a dog or not.

        Get a life.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      he ran harder to first more times in 1 game than cano has done all year

      And he hurt himself doing it! Well done Jeter!

      • paperlions - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        Exactly. Holliday runs hard to first a lot, even when it is obvious he will be out…on such a play last night he tweaked a hammy. I’d rather he jog and still be out that one or two times a year that it would have made a difference but be healthy all year.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        Yes…whatever you do…do NOT hustle down the line.

        Sorry Church/Paper, etc…I couldn’t let this one slide.
        It just sounds…wrong.

      • tellitlikeitisty - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        this thinking, which is now common in America, shows why we have become a food stamp nation….sad

      • tellitlikeitisty - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        so dog it down to first…..go into your home run trot only to see the ball bounce off the wall(cano has also done that this season)….its okay with some people here(gonna take a wild guess and say these people also call in sick to work about every 4 days because they have no work ethic)…just wasn’t raised this way

    • paperlions - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Give me a small freaking break. Everyone recognizes times when they need to exert maximum energy and times when they do not, and expend energy according. Indeed, I am willing to bet that you do not exert anything close to maximum effort in most of your endeavors…because that is normal. Almost no one goes max out all the time. Brett Lawrie does, and he is hurt all the time in part because he can’t dial it down.

      STL….some of your favorite players never hustle down the line. Molina doesn’t hustle down the line. Pujols hasn’t hustled down the line for nearly 10 years. Each will hustle when they think there is a legitimate chance at beating a play….but like 99.99% of the rest of the players they go 70% speed or slower when they know/think they’ll be out anyway.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        Paper: The guys you mentioned get passes. Yadi is a Catcher…and A.P. is broken down.

        *s/

      • historiophiliac - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        Just a small freaking break? lol

      • paperlions - Jul 12, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        Would you have preferred: “Get the fuck off of your high horse you sanctimonious jackwagon.”?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        Oh, my.

  13. chadjones27 - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Apparently Jeter is like bacon. Everything is better with Jeter.

  14. sophiethegreatdane - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    I love the irony behind this article, given all the “Jeter goes 2 for 3 and saves a baby seal from the jaws of a great white” articles that I’ve had to skip over for the past month.

    Never has someone’s recovery process been so over-covered.

    • bcwildcat24 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      Sure there was. Remember a couple years ago when Jeter was on the 15 day DL?! ESPN gave a daily update on how his rehab was going. FYI, I don’t think I had ever seen someone play minor league rehab games coming off the 15 day DL before lol.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        LOL, yes!

  15. Glenn - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Mr Matthews seems to be ignoring the miracle of a season that the Yankees have been having all year without Jeter.

  16. stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Seems as if Matthews is grasping for straws in the effort to right an article.
    I mean…of course the team has extra pep in their step with Mr. Gift Basket re-joining the team.

    Newsflash:
    Our competitive softball team’s SS is a stud. When he is gone…we tend to be less excited.
    When he returns…we are all jokey…jokey…grab assey.

    • dcarroll73 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Is the effort to right an article anything like trying to right a ship? If so, I think it capsized.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Thanks for pointing out my typo Mrs. Reynolds.
        May I have a hall pass now? I need to go to the bathroom and possibly see the Nurse. I just don’t feel “write.”

  17. bluburt - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Good thing HBT has spell check cause that headline could have been trouble…

    Maybe they went with headline #2…

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