Derek Jeter said too much attention is paid to the first week of the season, and he’s probably right.
He was talking about the Red Sox’s 0-6 record, but one week is also way too early to make any judgments on The Captain, whether any mechanical adjustments will help him have a bounce-back year from his career-worst season, or that last year was the start of the inevitable decline and he’s just heading downhill from here at age 36.
His numbers aren’t great so far, but then again, it hasn’t exactly been great hitting weather, trying to swing away in the cold. Jeter is batting .238 with six hits in 21 at-bats, plus four walks. He has just one RBI.
Jeter finally picked up his first extra-base hit in Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Twins, a hard-hit double past the third-base bag leading off the first against Francisco Liriano. It was one of his two hits in three at-bats, the other being an infield single. He also drew a walk, one of his four so far.
“I felt good a couple of days ago,” Jeter said after the game. “I just want to feel comfortable. Sometimes you’re comfortable and the results aren’t there. Sometimes you’re uncomfortable and you have results. Today was a little bit of both.”
Jeter, barring injury, is going to become Mr. 3,000 in the coming months. He passed Rogers Hornsby and Jake Beckley for 33rd on the all-time hits list during the game. Barry Bonds is 32nd, just four hits in front. Jeter is 69 hits away from the magic number.
So is that on his mind?
“No,” Jeter said. “I’m trying to get one hit at a time.”
This post is from Brian Heyman