As single-minded as Derek Jeter is about winning, even he could not dismiss the magnitude of what he accomplished this evening. Breaking a record set by Lou Gehrig is something that must be paid the proper respect.
“Where do you want me to start?” he said when asked what he admired about the Iron Horse. “His consistency, first and foremost. I think a lot of times people overlook consistency and he was as consistent as any player who ever played the game. What he did year in and year out is something that all players admire.”
Around the clubhouse, his teammates spoke in glowing terms
“Good things happen to good people,” Mariano Rivera said. “Derek is a special player. I’m happy for him to have that record It’s great. I know he feels the same way that I do and other guys who have been here for many years, he would trade it for a place in the playoffs.”
Johnny Damon made an interesting point, noting that Derek is one of the few modern players who has spent his entire career with one team for so long.
“The best organization around, in my mind,” Damon said. “This team has always taken care of their players. It’s a great accomplishment for Derek.”
The bad stuff: Andy Pettitte has lost his last five starts and is 1-7 with a 6.45 ERA in 10 starts since July 31. The 14 losses are the most for Pettitte in his 14-year-career. He has never had a losing record. … The Yankees were 2 for 12 with RISP and are 9 for 44 on the homestand.
The details: Carl Pavano will start Friday as Sir Sidney sits. … Lefty Clayton Richard (2-4, 6.94) was named tomorrow’s starter for Chicago. Javier Vazquez goes Thursday.