- The Yankees-Red Sox series this past week obviously lacked the “AL East supremacy” significance that a September matchup usually presents for these two teams. The Yanks certainly experienced a high note on the season as they came back in the ninth on Thursday with two homers off Koji Uehara and an emotional walk off win against our biggest rival. I particularly was appreciative of the emotion showed by the team and as a fan liked the way that Headley knew right away that he had won the game and threw his hand up just moments after the bat hit the ball. As a fan, that’s the good stuff.
- I have seen a lot of press this week about Derek Jeter still occupying the two-hole instead of batting lower in the lineup. It is no secret that his skills have declined and for his age, he is still doing pretty well. However, I understand why fans and analysts would want Jeter to hit lower in the lineup because the numbers that Derek has put up do not warrant hitting in the two-hole for a contending team. I also know that Joe Girardi is very respectful and feels strongly that he will not move Jeter down. Having said that, there is a part of me that feels like Jeter himself, as the Captain and leader that he is, needs to go to Joe and insist that he hits lower in the lineup because Derek always does what is best for the team. I am not trying to knock Derek here and I want to go on record as saying that I love him as a player and as an individual but a team leader does put the best interests of the team before themselves. Then again, knowing the gamer that Derek has always been and knowing the strong mindset of pro athletes, he probably is not able to see himself and his decline as clearly as analysts that are removed from the emotional component.
- I do appreciate that Girardi is starting to manage games more like as if the Yanks were in the playoffs rather than treating these important games like early summer games. The Yanks are in must-win territory and they are acting like it which is important even if they fall short.
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