When I wrote this, it was 5-2 Yankees with one out in the top of the 9th:
Derek Jeter is retiring, in case you haven’t heard 2222222222 times already. So, to honor the Yankee Captain and perhaps get some extra hits, here is my best Derek Jeter content:
- Shortstop Squad, in which Derek Jeter joins forces with Cal Ripken, Barry Larkin, and Alex Rodriguez to fight a giant monster.
- A look at an early Jeter scouting report
- The time Mark Wahlberg shot Derek Jeter (don’t worry, it was for a movie)
- And, over at Hall of Very Good, my wake for the Captain of the Yankees.
But, that isn’t it! Because later this week, I bring you a Bizarre Baseball Culture that features Jeter! Get psyched!
May 30 is notable as a day for shortstops: It was the day of a unassisted triple play, and the day where some of the most notable achievements by shortstops started. Take a look:
May 30, 1927: Jimmy Cooney, Cubs’ shortstop, catches a Paul Waner liner, steps on second to get Lloyd Waner (Paul’s brother) out and then tags Clyde Barnhart for a unassisted triple play.
May 30, 1982: Cal Ripken, playing third, goes 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout. He doesn’t take a day off after that until Sept. 20, 1998.
May 30, 1995: Derek Jeter, batting ninth, gets a single off Mariners’ pitcher Tim Belcher, the first of 3,158 and counting.