The New York Yankees are keeping their fingers crossed in this series. They need to get some a good push to close out the first half of the season and doing it against the Tampa Bay Rays would be nice. Alas, it didn’t get off to a good start yesterday as the Rays Jeff Nieman managed to keep the Yankees bats pretty much in check. helping Tampa Bay to a 5-1 victory in the series opener in Yankees Stadium.
For the Yankees the only real bright spot was that Derek Jeter managed to get another hit and is now only two shy of hitting that magical 3,000 hit mark. Not surprisingly, Jeter is having a hard time really enjoying this moment. It’s painfully clear that he’s playing out a string in a very sub-par season for a guy like Derek Jeter. While great ball players will always have their ups and downs, at 37 years old there’s been blatant speculation that Father Time has come to call in Yankees Stadium, pulling Jeter down that long tunnel none of us can avoid. Some have called for the All Star to hang up his cleats and quit gracefully, though I doubt anyone would blame him for wanting reach that 3,000th hit.
It would be so much easier if Derek Jeter was playin like..well, Derek Jeter. But heroes don’t last forever. While I can’t predict the future it’s becoming very clear that we may be seeing the last of one of the great Yankees players. Let’s keep the criticism to a minimum and send Jeter out with a tip of the hat. Or pray for a revival. Whatever.