By his standards, Derek Jeter is not having a very good season. That’s no secret. It’s also no secret that Jeter is a wildly popular player in and out of the Yankees clubhouse, and the people around him seem to pull for him. When Jeter had three hits on Wednesday — after two hits on Sunday — there was hope from Joe Girardi that it was a sign of things to come.
“Sometimes you have to make minor adjustments,” Girardi said. “Sometimes you can watch video for hours until you find exactly what you’re looking for. He’s made some minor adjustments, and he’s swinging the bat better, and that’s a great sign.”
Of course, when Jeter was asked to elaborate on the adjustments, he turned it into a joke.
“Trying to bloop it over the pitcher’s head and into center field,” he said.
Jeter is always one to downplay this sort of thing. It’s part of what’s made him a good player, and if he’s concerned about his .272 average, he isn’t showing it in the clubhouse. In fact, when he finally went into detail about the adjustments he’s made at the plate, he said they were no bigger than repositioning his foot. They’ve been minor tweaks, the kind of changes he makes all the time in the course of a season.
“Not only when you think you’re going bad,” he said. “I don’t necessarily change things based on results.”
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