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Derek Jeter did something for the first time on Friday

May 3, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is in his 20th and final season in the majors, but he managed to do something last night for the first time in his long and storied career. It wasn’t a good thing.

Jeter had his first 0-for-7 as the Yankees lost 10-5 to the Rays in 14 innings. As Danny Knobler of ESPN New York notes, the 39-year-old had gone hitless 596 other times in his career, including 0-for-6 on multiple occasions, but never an 0-for-7 until last night. It obviously takes a unique situation to make that possible. And last night’s game was exactly that. It was a strange one.

Jeter grounded out five times and flew out twice in the loss. He had a chance to play hero in the bottom of the 13th, but grounded out with the bases loaded. His batting average dropped from .272 to .250 in one night.

“I don’t even remember the first four of them,” Jeter told the Associated Press after the game. “It’s one of those days, know what I mean? Some days when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s something new.”

After the 14-inning marathon last night, Jeter is understandably getting a rest this afternoon.

  1. moogro - May 3, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Is that a poopy sombrero?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 3, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      It’s the anti-Stennett.

      • yahmule - May 3, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        The boxscore from Rennie’s record breaking day.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHN/CHN197509160.shtml

  2. whatacrocker - May 3, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Put the team’s needs ahead of his own?

  3. proudlycanadian - May 3, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    The old timer is getting a well deserved rest today.

    • happytwinsfan - May 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      Do you really have to be so nice right next to one of my shallow snarks?

      • proudlycanadian - May 3, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        Have a heart. The geezer is riding off into the sunset after this season.

      • happytwinsfan - May 3, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Okay I’ll try – and the instant after I type that Dozier goes yard.

        Thanks PC, I’ll see if being nice with my glasses on breaks the four game losing streak.

        The will was strong, but the aging body was wanting and with stoic pride, the noble captain suffered a trying night.

      • proudlycanadian - May 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        Remember! Every game that Jeter plays, he sets a record for games played by Derek Jeter.

  4. happytwinsfan - May 3, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    If the Yankees and Jeter have a rough year, will he be de-deified?

    • jwbiii - May 3, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Not a chance. Remember Steve Carlton’s last few seasons as a journeyman tomato can?

      • yahmule - May 3, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        Some people jumped ship when he got all into the conspiracy theories, but it just kind of made me like him more.

      • jwbiii - May 3, 2014 at 7:47 PM

        While both are or were great players, Jeter has two advantages over Carlton:

        1) He stayed with the Yankees/The Yankees were willing to pay him, and
        2) He has much better media sense than Carlton.
        These may be related. It’s much easier for a team to embrace a player as the face of the franchise who quotes from the Crash Davis Cliche Phrase Book than one who sounds weird and kind of scary.

        No chance of him being “de-deified.”

  5. xbam1 - May 3, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    If i worked at ESPN id be asking there standard lame question “How Does This Effect His Legacy?” followed by hours of every ESPN “talent” blabbering about useless nonsense…

  6. 18thstreet - May 3, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    His slugging percentage is .283.

    • yahmule - May 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      Ooch.

  7. barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - May 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    I expect him to post a negative WAR this season, which means he will finish just behind Palmeiro.

    But yes he is the greatest player of all time and deserves a special send off at every stadium.

    80. Pud Galvin+ (15) 73.7 R
    Frank Thomas+ (19) 73.7 R
    82. Jim Thome (22) 72.9 L
    Arky Vaughan+ (14) 72.9 L
    84. Paul Waner+ (20) 72.8 L
    85. Larry Walker (17) 72.6 L
    86. Harry Heilmann+ (17) 72.1 R
    87. Rafael Palmeiro (20) 71.6 L
    88. Derek Jeter (20, 40) 71.5 R
    Ted Lyons+ (21) 71.5 B
    90. Johnny Mize+ (15) 71.0 L
    91. Bobby Grich (17) 70.9 R
    92. Adrian Beltre (17, 35) 70.6 R

    • jwbiii - May 3, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      It would be funny if he fell below Grich.

      • barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - May 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        I think he can do it if they continue to throw him out there at SS 5 days a week, a negative 1 is well within reach.

    • 18thstreet - May 3, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      Dude, did he sleep with your girlfriend or something? Because, even if he did, you’d still get a signed ball out of it.

      Everyone knows Jebediah Springfield was a true American hero. End of story.

      Look, it’s not Derek Jeter’s fault that he’s overrated. But he’s had a great career, and if you can’t appreciate the kind of player he is, instead of faulting him for the player he’s not, then I’m glad I’m not you.

      • hojo20 - May 3, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        Jeter sucks a rod.

      • jwbiii - May 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        Jeb Springfield was a murdering anti-American named Hans Sprungfeld who died of syphilis. A low bar you have for heroes, sir.

    • moogro - May 4, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      nice

  8. zdravit - May 3, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    I was going to guess that he went a whole day without having sex for the first time.

    • jimeejohnson - May 4, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Thought he farted or belched for the first time ever.

  9. lukedunphysscienceproject - May 3, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    I love the straw man argument anti-jeter people make where they say he isn’t the “greatest player of all time”, and doesn’t even belong on the list. Great point, sherlock, except for the fact that I never see any Jeter supporter make the claim that he is the “greatest player of all time”.

    What makes Jeter great, and laudable, are the exact things that his detractors love to point out. He’s not the perfect player, he has lots of flaws. Yet somehow he’s been the unquestioned leader of an unquestionably great franchise. He’s somehow managed to be a critical component of 5 WS Champion teams, despite what so many of you consider to be “marginal” talents.

    If the luck of the draft had landed him elsewhere, and he led some mid market franchise to a lone title, he be forever hailed as the gritty focused leader he in fact is.

    • moogro - May 4, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      Gritty focused. If yer shootin’, that’d be mud in yer eye.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - May 4, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        The ending was weak. It was late.

    • 18thstreet - May 4, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      Thumbs up, except for the fact that there are MANY people who believe he is, in fact, the perfect player.

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