Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Formidable 2 of Clubs

What a damn good fit for the Baseball Hall of Fame too, even if I do say so myself.

This is my once-in-a-lifetime celebration of
a New York Yankee, shortstop Derek Jeter.

And it is composed with mixed feelings, because I DO hate the NY Yankees overall, but since I am (overall) a baseball fan, I just have to admire the career of, the talent of the latest in a long line of baseball greats who've worn the pinstripes.  For his entire, 20-year MLB career~!

Can You Jeter?
Derek Jeter is not only a New York Yankee extraordinaire– he’s a Verb!

Linguists believe the verb “to jeter” originated one night in November, when Mr. Jeter snubbed his old flame, Mariah Carey, at Sean (Puff Daddy) Combs’ birthday party. In the weeks afterward, to jeter meant to avoid in a public setting . It was a useful synonym for “to diss” or “to blow off,” as in: "He jetered her big time."

But “jeter” proved too snappy, too supple a word to be hemmed in by just one meaning. So it is now jetering through the lexicon at an alarming rate. Consider …
To move laterally: Can you jeter that antenna a little bit to the left?
To leave in a hurry: Let’s jeter out of here.
To destroy: I’m gonna jeter your ass!  ... among other bawdy uses.
Sorry about that, I was drawn back momentarily, into my 'Hate the Yankees' mode.

Derek Jeter, #2, SS for the New York Yonkers, career stats (through Sept. 24, 2014):
Games played: 2,743; At bats: 11,182; Runs scored 1,922; Hits: 3,461, including 543 doubles, 66 triples, and 260 home runs; Runs Batted In: 1,307; a career batting average of .310, and a career slugging percentage of .440.

Derek Jeter is number 6, on the all-time hits record, behind Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, and Tris Speaker.  Lofty company, indeed~!

Last night, in the bottom of the ninth inning, two outs, with a runner on first base, the Yankees down by just one run to the satanic Baltimore Orioles, humble, beautiful, Derek Jeter, captain of the New York Yankees, came to the plate to deliver some classic New York Magic.
There was Derek Jeter, at the plate facing a southpaw, the side he preferred.

Millions of 12-year-old-American boys nationwide, solemnly pawed the ground and snorted, as they each too, then entered into that Yankee batters box along with Jeter.

Magic was on the minds of the 43,201 in attendance at Yankee Stadium, as they grew louder and louder as No. 2 came to the plate with a chance for one more clutch moment. In the road dugout was Jeter's first manager, Buck Showalter, who often jokes he is happy to see Jeter retiring, so his team doesn't have to face him anymore.

In the Yankees' dugout, Joe Girardi was thinking, very specifically.  "You are thinking he is going
to hit a home run or he is going to hit a ball in the gap and we are going to tie the score and we'll see what happens," Girardi said.

Jeter, 40, and playing in the third to last home game of his career, had already found some of his former greatness on this home stand. His hitting streak was up to seven games with a seventh-inning infield single. He was 10-for-24 on the stand before his ninth-inning at-bat.

Orioles closer Zach Britton was on the mound. Jeter was 5-for-15, .333 against Britton in his career.
Maybe, just maybe, Jeter could have one more magic moment, sending everyone away with
another memory and stave off the brink of playoff elimination.

Then in a blink, reality set in:

Strike 1, called on a 97 mph sinker.
Strike 2, swinging on a 97 mph sinker.
Strike 3, swinging on a 96 mph sinker.

No magic, just a 2014 season playoff-elimination number down to a single game.

Yet just like in the movie, "Oh, God!", when the defendant in a court case called God to the stand to testify, EVERYONE IN YANKEE STADIUM LAST NIGHT, HELD THEIR BREATHS,       Rightfully EXPECTANT:: JETER IS UP~!~!  IT WILL BE OK, JETER'S UP.

*****   and that, friends is the essence, the vibrancy of baseball.  God love Derek Jeter~!


Mike said...

This just hit my reader:
The most expensive regular season baseball game ever is happening tomorrow

The Local Malcontent said...

Wow, that IS expensive entertainment.

"Lend me some money for Crackerjacks,
I don't think I can afford to come back"