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Back to Tampa, still without Jeter

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 22, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Heading back to Tampa, I’m reminded of this video taken a month and a half ago. This is Derek Jeter on the day after his ankle was declared 100 percent healed. At the time, there was nothing but optimism, and it’s striking just how casual Jeter seemed about the whole process. Not that he wasn’t taking the work seriously, but he clearly believed the worst was behind him.

“It’s always reassuring when someone says something that’s broke is not broke any more,” Jeter said. “Now it’s just getting through the normal aches and pains that come around it. As long as you know the break has healed, then the aches and pains, that goes away on its own.”

Of course, things have changed. Jeter’s return has been pushed back, and back, and back. Just a few days ago, it seemed this trip to Tampa would be — at the very least — a chance to see Jeter take some ground balls and batting practice at the minor league complex. Now there’s a new break and nothing to see except a Yankees lineup that most misses its captain against left-handed starters.

And the Yankees will face two pretty good left-handed starters — Matt Moore and David Price — in the first two games of this three-game series against the Rays.

“When you don’t have your Captain with you, with the team, you always miss that,” Mariano Rivera said. “At the same time, we can’t sit and wait for Derek or the others to come back. We still have to do a job that we need to do. We will be praying and hoping that his recovery will be soon, but there’s time involved. Time heals everything. We have to do what we need to do.”

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31 Responses to “Back to Tampa, still without Jeter”

  1. Tackelberry April 22nd, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Got a kick out of Brett Lawrie’s antics yesterday after his double and the play he made on Stewart. You’d have thought the Jays won the WS the way he was yelling and beating his chest, JOba like. Like to see Joba put one up under his chin when the Jays come to NY next weekend

  2. sunny615 April 22nd, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Over the course of the year – (in theory)

    Grandy replaces Ichiro
    Wang replaces Nova
    Tex replaces Overbay
    Pineda replaces Wang/Hughes (if Hughes’s struggles continues – or his bulging disc returns)
    Jeter replaces Nunez
    Arod replaces Ben Francisco/Brennan Boesch

  3. sunny615 April 22nd, 2013 at 9:33 am

    The pressure is on if Wang continues doing great down in AAA and Nova keeps struggling. How many more chances does girardi give nova before swapping them and letting nova figure it out in AAA?

  4. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Interesting discusion about Nova in the last thread.

    I agree with those who think his issues are mechanical rather than mental in nature.

    They have a fairly large sample on him now and though the jury is still out one wonders if he will ever become consistent w his FB. that is the key to his success.

    He seems able to do so for periods of time but then deteriorates for almost as long.

    Agree w. Blake that great stuff isn’t at issue here. It’s the command and lack of deception.

    The clock is ticking.

  5. Rich in NJ April 22nd, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Jeter would be an important step-wise solution to their biggest current problem, hitting LHP, whether it was at SS, or even 1B or DH. Get well soon, Derek.

  6. MTU April 22nd, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Rich-

    Don’t think you are gonna see Jeter anytime soon.

    :(

  7. ac1 April 22nd, 2013 at 10:14 am

    i dont get all of these cano to ss articles. how does this solve any problem?
    we’d have a guy who played 2b his entire career at ss and still need a 2b.

  8. ac1 April 22nd, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Got a kick out of Brett Lawrie’s antics yesterday after his double and the play he made on Stewart. You’d have thought the Jays won the WS the way he was yelling and beating his chest, JOba like. Like to see Joba put one up under his chin when the Jays come to NY next weekend
    ___

    That was past Joba like. At least Joba’s were in the late innings after a strike out.
    Lawrie’s reaction after his double…. in the SIXTH inning…… was ridiculous

    I guarantee someone will present mr. lawrie with some chin music before this year is out (probably not a yankee pitcher though)…

  9. Doreen April 22nd, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I saw Lawrie’s antics on game highlights somewhere (I didn’t get to watch the game yesterday). I thought they were ridiculous, but no one can say he isn’t passionate. ;)

    I hate Tampa, and wish they never had to play them. I am dreading the multiple shifts that are going to be put on.

    The guys on either MLB or ESPN (don’t remember which one Schilling is on?) were criticizing Hafner for bunting at the end of the game, but they also pointed out he was bunting against a shift. Isn’t this precisely what people want Tex to do in certain situations?

    Since a HR wasn’t going to win or tie the game, why not try to surprise your opponents? At least he tried something.

    I also don’t like two indoor series on turf in a row. Yuck. But, I don’t have to play, do I? LOL

  10. mick April 22nd, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I like Lawrie’s enthusiasm. If he could channel that energy he would be a great ballplayer.
    Dont worry about Maddon and his shift-y ways. He does that to teams he thinks are dumb.
    This years version will see right thru it. There’s no Swisher or Tex’s head to play with.
    Youk, Pronk and Wells will see right thru it.

  11. mick April 22nd, 2013 at 10:34 am

    @LoHudYankees

    Vidal Nuno has been named International League Pitcher of the Week. Has 1.54 ERA, 26 K, 2 BB through four starts this season.
    ============================
    I think we will be seeing this guy sooner, rather than later.

  12. mick April 22nd, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Doreen, I had you penciled into the lineup tonight on my GTLU ;)

  13. RadioKev April 22nd, 2013 at 10:41 am

    mick April 22nd, 2013 at 10:32 am
    I like Lawrie’s enthusiasm. If he could channel that energy he would be a great ballplayer.
    Dont worry about Maddon and his shift-y ways. He does that to teams he thinks are dumb.
    This years version will see right thru it. There’s no Swisher or Tex’s head to play with.
    Youk, Pronk and Wells will see right thru it.
    ———-

    See right through it? As if Swisher or Tex couldn’t see a shift?

  14. DONNYBROOK April 22nd, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Logan continues to show the wear-and-tear that Girardi subjected him to Last season. RP Phelps needs to pitch consistently, in order to maintain pin-point control. I see guys like Lawrie, and I’m reminded of John Rocker. Lawrie will eventually go “off the deep end”. This is why baseball has the expression, “Never too high, Never too low”.

  15. Jerkface April 22nd, 2013 at 11:03 am

    This is why baseball has the expression, “Never too high, Never too low”.

    A common saying, but not their house words.

  16. willwill April 22nd, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I didn’t know phelps was the shutdown option out of the bullpen when the opposition has a chance to win the game. Good to know..

    Really? Phelps should be a long man or a mop up man IMO.

  17. bruceb April 22nd, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I know rainouts are an issue at this time of year but watching six games in a row at the Rogers Centre and Tropicana Field is enough to put me off baseball. Two soulless stadiums that, to my mind at least, are alien to the sport. Can’t wait until we get back to the Stadium on Thursday for 10 “proper” days of baseball.

  18. tucker April 22nd, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I tuned out by the time Hafner attempted his bunt vs the shift. Was it successful?

    Hafner was impressed with his baseball IQ. Taking a free SB, bunting against the shift, situational hitting, muscling up when necessary.

  19. tucker April 22nd, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Has impressed, that is

  20. Doreen April 22nd, 2013 at 11:24 am

    mick -

    Was I batting clean-up? ‘Cause that’s my specialty. Of course, I’m good at table-setting, too. I can sacrifice, but when you’re a mom, they call it being a martyr…..

    ;)

  21. RadioKev April 22nd, 2013 at 11:27 am

    tucker April 22nd, 2013 at 11:23 am
    I tuned out by the time Hafner attempted his bunt vs the shift. Was it successful?
    ———-

    It wasn’t a great bunt, but it was worth a shot. There was the element of surprise, and they needed the base runners.

  22. Chad Jennings April 22nd, 2013 at 11:41 am

    This is really random, but I’m on my second flight — and in my second country — of the day and starting to get some work done…

    Before most games, I have a lineup post saved as a draft on my phone. I type in the batting order I’m expecting just to make things quicker when I get to the clubhouse (only have to make minor adjustments rather than type the whole thing). I just tried to come up with the lineup I’m expecting for today, and right now I have Francisco Cervelli batting second. Is that nuts? Do I need more sleep?

    The Yankees are facing a lefty. Ben Francisco isn’t getting it done. Eduardo Nunez is the better pick — in theory — but he’s also been pretty bad at the plate. Girardi said a few days ago that he wants to keep Vernon Wells in the No. 5 spot. So why not Cervelli at 2?

    And even if it’s not the way Girardi goes — and even if you think it’s a horrible idea — it sure does say a lot about this team vLHP that I’m thinking it’s worth consideration at this point.

    Also … If Girardi wants to finally give Brett Gardner a day off, is it better to DH him against a lefty (put Francisco in the outfield today or tomorrow) or to put Gardner on the bench Wednesday and go with a Wells/Ichiro/Boesch outfield?

    These are the things I think about when I write a 10-name blog post just to save a little bit of time in the clubhouse.

  23. Shame Spencer April 22nd, 2013 at 11:42 am

    The Rays pitching is going to be tough but their O hasn’t looked all that great so I hope we can put together enough runs to win.

    Facing 2 LHP with this line up won’t be all that much fun but now would be a good time to start evening up those splits. Cano’s splits vs. LHP are pretty terrible so far but I’m going with the SSS to explain that away at the moment.

    I hope we buy Price.

  24. tucker April 22nd, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Chad, makes sense to me. Cerevelli works in the No. 2 hole for what the team now brings against lefties.

    Nunez has looked bad at the plate. Wonder if he has any lingering soreness from his hand injury.

  25. Jerkface April 22nd, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I love that Chad puts so much thought into a simple lineup post. Thats why his lineups are the best in the biz.

  26. Jerkface April 22nd, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Its really amazing to see how the Yankees are relying on CC, Hiroki, and Pettitte. Those 3 guys have a 2 ERA each. Then Hughes and Nova are both at 6 :x

  27. Carly April 22nd, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Its really amazing to see how the Yankees are relying on CC, Hiroki, and Pettitte.

    I guess it is why they get paid the big bucks

  28. Warning Track Power April 22nd, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Hi everybody-2 more days until my 1 week trip to NYC.

    Debating on attending the Sat game vs Jays at 4 pm or
    Sunday game at 1 pm

    Any advice, tips, suggestions, etc….regarding purchasing tickets in advance or buying them in person will be welcomed.

  29. Shame Spencer April 22nd, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    WTP – Stubhub or the Yankee Ticket Exchange are the easiest way to buy tickets. If you’re staying at a hotel or a friends place, you can ask them to print the electronic tickets for you.

  30. 86w183 April 22nd, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I’ve usually had good success with stubhub as close to the game as possible.

    That’s what I’ll be doing next month when I’m up for the next Toronto series at the Stadium.

    I really enjoyed the Delta Suites…. first class all the way… pricey, but first class

  31. bigdan22 April 22nd, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Lets talk a little more about undervalued prospects. They’re my favorite kind. Much less disappointment :). This guy Corban Joseph. Saw quite a bit of him in spring training. Liked his numbers last year. I think he walked about as much as he struck out. (how many guys do that and turn out NOT to be productive hitters?) I liked his at bats during the ST games even though the results weren’t great. I see he’s raking now. He’s got an OPS of .850 with nearly 400 triple a at bats. You can’t ignore that. But did he look just awful in the field. I don’t think he has enough arm to play 2nd let alone 3rd. And his hands and athleticism didn’t look good either. Can somebody maybe give him a first baseman’s mitt? Is it because he doesn’t look like your typical first baseman? Did John Olerud look like your typical first baseman? He walked around with that stupid helmet lol.

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