Wow, my DVR is going to get some action this weekend. With Derek Jeter just 3 hits away from 3,000 I will be recording all the games from here on out until he reaches this great milestone. 28 Big Leaguers before him have hit 3,000, but he will be the first Yankee. So I’ll be recording it. I don’t normally record anything but football as I talked about in a column here, but this is gonna be a big deal. Just imagine all the greats who have worn the pin stripes . Mantle, Gehrig, Ruth, DiMaggio. None have 3,000 hits. So when Jeter, the Captain, gets it, it’s gonna be special. And I am going to capture it.
For those of you who have voted in the All-Star balloting, have you watched any games? Honestly? This is the rosters you chose for both the National League and the American League. This is probably why I myself have never voted. Shoot I would probably choose nine Yankees. But then there would be my first argument. How many of those nine would actually be worthy? I know they are in first place but all nine are All-Star caliber? This Year? See there in lies the problem. Everyone has their favourite teams and hence have their favourite players. So it is easy to just vote for the name you know, whether they are deserving or not. Take a case in point, if I chose to vote how I described above, I would have inevitably picked Derek Jeter. So did apparently a bunch of you. So Jeter has had an All-Star caliber type of year? More like a has been caliber type of year. And I am a huge Derek Jeter fan. To me he is one of maybe the top 5 players of all time. But that is debatable. And I am biased. But what I am not biased about is his performance this year. It is mediocre at best. He has been chastised and vilified all season long for his below average play. And now he is an All-Star? And a starter? Now granted like I said before he is one of the greatest players to ever play the game, and definitely one of the best shortstops, but the All-Star game should be about current quality players. Now some may argue that there aren’t a many great American League shortstops right now and I would agree. But players like Asdrubal Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta deserve to start ahead of him. Just look at their numbers. And Peralta wasn’t even slected! Jeter wins by default? Due to longevity?
I wasn’t going to make this out to just be about Jeter. There are plenty of other injustices. What about Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates? He is not having an All-Star type season? Certainly better than Jay Bruce of the Reds and I don’t care how many home runs he has. And McCutchen, once again isn’t even a reserve. Then we go to real injustices, CC Sabathia has 12 wins. Most of anyone in the big leagues and he is not an All-Star? He’s not one of the best pitchers in the American League? Now I understand he is scheduled to take the mound in Yankee stadium the Sunday before the All-Star game so he wouldn’t have been available anyway. But he doesn’t deserve the recognition? And maybe the biggest snub of all, Paul Konerko of the White Sox. He might be the leading candidate for MVP and he is not an All-Star? That is just silly. But then this whole process seems silly. And we voted on it.
This list is probably going to sound a little off base, considering that the next post after this one I contradict this greatly. Here I will post a bunch of links showing how one Derek Jeter is the greatest baseball player since Babe Ruth. Then in a bit I will post a blog where, well I basically rip him and tell you why he is undeserving to not only not start the All-Star game next week, but shouldn’t be in it at all.
So let’s get to it!
So the Captain is truly having a sub par year. But here are reasons not to forget how great he truly was. (is?)
He is only 4 hits away. Joe Girardi wanted to give him the day off, but someone how he is back in the lineup.
Here’s a great Jason Stark article on where The Captain has been and where he is going.
Are strikeouts taking over baseball? Here is a great debate.
Here is some mid season grades from NYY Universe, always a great blog! And it’s not a list, but the next best thing!
It’s the dog days of summer. Or it feels like it. Summer really just officially hit sometime last week. But now that the NBA and NHL seasons have concluded and the NFL is looming ever closer to not having a season, all we have is baseball. Let’s think about that statement. All we have is baseball? That’s a bad thing? It’s not the WNBA for goodness sake. Their season just started if you haven’t heard and just to prove I am right, look here. Baseball is the national past time. Baseball, Chevrolet, apple pie. The American way. So why does it seem like we are left with stale bread the day after a glorious feast? Maybe because the NHL playoffs were so thrilling. Maybe because the NBA playoffs were one for the ages. With so much great drama and story lines in both. From Tim Thomas carrying the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup, to LeBron’s (yes I am still hating on LeBron, doesn’t he deserve it?) meltdown in the Finals and Dirk’s resurgence to win his first title and erase his own meltdown in the ’06 Finals.
But now all we are left with is baseball. There is no drama there? No intriguing story lines? I know baseball is 162 games, a long season by any definition. And it’s only half way through. But there are still great stories to be told. Hero’s to be made. Look at the Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander. He has already thrown one no-no, and went deep into two other games before giving up a hit. He has incredible stuff and I still see him getting another one. How cool would that be? Two no hitters in one season? Now I realize this is a stretch, but it could happen. And you wouldn’t even be paying attention, would you?
And there is more. You have the usual tremendous race in the A.L. East between the Yankees and Red Sox. Not to mention the always upstart Rays. And how are they still in it? They lost some terrific players to free agency, i.e. Carl Crawford to the Red Sox and the reliever who the Yankees signed for a kazillion dollars and who will remain nameless in this column forever. (Unless he miraculously heals himself and can become the setup man for Big Mo as intended. And yes, a kallion dollars is real currency, for us Yankee fans anyway.) And once again not to forget they lost the always comedic gold Manny Ramirez before the season was even a month old to retirement for..ehm.. er PEDS. Allegedly.
So many different reasons to pay attention. You have the Phillies with all those Aces in their rotation. They are just tearing up the league and just swept the Red Sox in interleague play. (Who didn’t love that?) But in most divisions there are still 2 to 3 teams within 3 games or so of the top. There is still so much to play for.
And there is the Dodgers. Oh wait, maybe I should save that for the funny papers section, if I had one here.
Just like no hitters there are other milestones in the works this year. Like Derek Jeter becoming the first Yankee to have 3,000 hits. He is 6 away right now. Wait. Did I say that right? First Yankee with 3,000 hits? Can’t be. With the likes of Mantle, Gehrig, Ruth and on and on wearing the iconic pin stripes, no Yankee before has 3,000 hits? That is one milestone, event, worth paying attention to. Whether you love or hate the Yankees. In a sport where every game is not life or death, so to speak like other sports, there is still many reasons to pay attention. And it’s not even the true dog days of summer.
Why all three of those topics together? What can I say. I love this web site. I have pimped it many times in it’s short few weeks of existence. It is just a hodge podge of great stuff, from sports to whiskey to music and movies and everything in between. 3 articles from the past two days I wanted to share. Wonder what Derek Jeter is thinking on his 15 day Disabled List sentence? It’s not what you think, in fact it’s pretty entertaining. And read why the new Transformer movie might actually be worth watching. Really? Megan Fox is not in it again, I lost interest right there. But this is telling why Michael Bay is soo great, it almost swayed me. And finally Bill Simmons explains why Will Smith is the only real movie star in the world. Oh and Ryan Reynolds is going to be pissed! But it’s a great read.