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Jeter pushes toward 3,000, wants to keep playing

Posted on: July 5, 2011 11:36 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 11:41 pm
 
CLEVELAND -- Derek Jeter had two hits Tuesday. He also had two subjects he wanted to address.

First, he doesn't want a day off. He wants to play Wednesday night against the Indians, even if his manager would prefer that he rests.

Second, now that he's within four hits of 3,000, he wants to "try to keep it positive."

Two interesting issues. Two tough subjects.

On the should-he-play-or-shouldn't-he issue, Yankees manager Joe Girardi made his feelings fairly clear, saying he thinks that a 37-year-old shortstop just off the disabled list shouldn't play what could amount to nine straight days (including Jeter's two-game minor-league rehab assignment). Girardi just as strongly insisted that his decision wasn't influenced by Yankee management, and in fact had nothing to do with a desire to avoid the chance that Jeter would get four hits Wednesday and reach the milestone before the Yankees get home.

"My concern is us winning games, and him being healthy," Girardi said. "No one has ever said a word to me on where he needs to do it."

Jeter, of course, wants to play -- on Wednesday, and on every day.

"Yeah, I'd like to play [Wednesday]," he said, even joking that he'd race out of the clubhouse so that Girardi couldn't tell him he was getting a day off.

Girardi said he wouldn't decide for sure until Wednesday, and also said he would consult with his shortstop -- although he didn't commit to agreeing with what Jeter wants.

The other topic on Jeter's mind Tuesday is just as tricky.

Jeter's run-up to 3,000 hits has been accompanied by a chorus from some Yankee fans, and from many in the media, pointing out that Jeter's performance has declined, and suggesting that he should move down in the batting order or even that the Yankees were better without him in the lineup.

"It's kind of hard to enjoy [the run to 3,000] when there's a lot of negativity out there," Jeter said. "You'd like to enjoy it. It has been difficult. To be honest, I'm going to try to enjoy it as much as I can, and try to keep it positive from now on."

Jeter, typically, did not sound angry as he raised the topic, or even when he was asked about it again. But it's obviously on his mind -- as is the idea of a day off, which he of course doesn't want.

As to how a day off would affect the run to 3,000, that's a lot harder to say.

Obviously, it would eliminate any chance that Jeter would get his 3,000th hit in Cleveland. But it wouldn't exactly guarantee that he would get it at home, since he would need four hits in the four-game series against the Rays. The Yankees are on the road again after the All-Star break, in Toronto and Tampa Bay.

Jeter did get two hits Tuesday, the first a slow roller to third base that looked like quite a few of his other hits this season, the second a double into the gap in left-center that looked like more hits out of his past.

"He had a good night," Girardi said. "You expect him to be a little rusty, but I don't think it will take long to get back to where he was."

But where was he?

And where will he be when the Yankees face Justin Masterson (a pitcher Jeter has gone 5-for-12 against) on Wednesday night?

*****

Jeter addressed one other subject, the HBO documentary that is being produced to air after the 3,000th hit. He said that his original idea was to film his family and friends as he moved towards 3,000, but that the project was expanded to the point where cameras now follow him around.

"No, I'm not comfortable with [the cameras]," he said. "I don't know how people do reality shows."




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Hey Knobler,

Are you ignoring the Mets now because they're playing good baseball? Did you see them win another game on the road last night? 2 over .500 with no Wright, Davis, Santana. 3-0 without Reyes. Where's all the sarcasm now? Huh? Knobler? Anyone?



CLEVELAND -- had two hits Tuesday. He also had two subjects he wanted to address.

First, he doesn't want a day off. He wants to play Wednesday night against the , even if his manager would prefer that he rests.

Second, now that he's within four hits of 3,000, he wants to "try to keep it positive."

Two interesting issues. Two tough subjects.

On the should-he-play-or-shouldn't-he issue, manager Joe Girardi made his feelings fairly clear, saying he thinks that a 37-year-old shortstop just off the disabled list shouldn't play what could amount to nine straight days (including Jeter's two-game minor-league rehab assignment). Girardi just as strongly insisted that his decision wasn't influenced by Yankee management, and in fact had nothing to do with a desire to avoid the chance that Jeter would get four hits Wednesday and reach the milestone before the Yankees get home.

"My concern is us winning games, and him being healthy," Girardi said. "No one has ever said a word to me on where he needs to do it."

Jeter, of course, wants to play -- on Wednesday, and on every day.

"Yeah, I'd like to play [Wednesday]," he said, even joking that he'd race out of the clubhouse so that Girardi couldn't tell him he was getting a day off.

Girardi said he wouldn't decide for sure until Wednesday, and also said he would consult with his shortstop -- although he didn't commit to agreeing with what Jeter wants.

The other topic on Jeter's mind Tuesday is just as tricky.

Jeter's run-up to 3,000 hits has been accompanied by a chorus from some Yankee fans, and from many in the media, pointing out that Jeter's performance has declined, and suggesting that he should move down in the batting order or even that the Yankees were better without him in the lineup.

"It's kind of hard to enjoy [the run to 3,000] when there's a lot of negativity out there," Jeter said. "You'd like to enjoy it. It has been difficult. To be honest, I'm going to try to enjoy it as much as I can, and try to keep it positive from now on."

Jeter, typically, did not sound angry as he raised the topic, or even when he was asked about it again. But it's obviously on his mind -- as is the idea of a day off, which he of course doesn't want.

As to how a day off would affect the run to 3,000, that's a lot harder to say.

Obviously, it would eliminate any chance that Jeter would get his 3,000th hit in Cleveland. But it wouldn't exactly guarantee that he would get it at home, since he would need four hits in the four-game series against the . The Yankees are on the road again after the All-Star break, in Toronto and Tampa Bay.

Jeter did get two hits Tuesday, the first a slow roller to third base that looked like quite a few of his other hits this season, the second a double into the gap in left-center that looked like more hits out of his past.

"He had a good night," Girardi said. "You expect him to be a little rusty, but I don't think it will take long to get back to where he was."

But where was he?

And where will he be when the Yankees face (a pitcher Jeter has gone 5-for-12 against) on Wednesday night?

*****

Jeter addressed one other subject, the HBO documentary that is being produced to air after the 3,000th hit. He said that his original idea was to film his family and friends as he moved towards 3,000, but that the project was expanded to the point where cameras now follow him around.

"No, I'm not comfortable with [the cameras]," he said. "I don't know how people do reality shows."
 
Didn't you write another one of your pathetic articles basically leaving Jeter for dead? Do you ever watch games? Have ever in your life actually picked up a bat or glove? I bet if you did, you were the last one picked and played RF.

Jeter will get #3,000 @ Yankee Stadium. That's the way it should be for an all-time Yankee. He's the Yankees greatest SS. He's only behind  greats like Ruth, DiMaggio, Mantle, Gehrig and Berra. Even at his age, he's still a solid SS. Have you seen the SS in the AL? I mean A.Cabrera has been the best SS. Cabrera? Are you kidding me? Peralta isn't really a SS either. Jeter doesn't deserve to start the AS game, but honestly, he's still good enough to be a top SS in that league. All the great SS are in the NL(Tulowitski, Reyes, Ramirez). They also have good ones in Rollins, Drew and Castro. I'd take Jeter on my team if I didn't have one of those guys.


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