Well, Derek Jeter said all the things you’d expect him to say about The Flip.
He was simply following his defensive assignment. He doesn’t know (or care, it seems) where that play ranks among his greatest career moments. He doesn’t know (or care, it seems) whether Jeremy Giambi would have been safe had he slid into home plate.
“People always talk about momentum,” Jeter said. “I just never really looked at it like that. It was a big moment in that game. It stopped them from tying the score. But there was like two more games after that.”
Today’s edition of the San Jose Mercury News call The Flip, “the most iconic defensive play ever by a shortstop.” Pretty cool graphic to go with the story, too. I tend to think The Flip is the most defining play of Jeter’s career — better than The Dive, the Mr. November home run, or No. 3,000 — but that’s just me. It really doesn’t matter where you rank it or if you rank it. A great play in a huge moment during a must-win game. Unforgettable in this stadium or any other.
• Girardi said it’s been roughly two weeks since Michael Pineda’s setback, and he should be playing catch “fairly shortly.” That said, the Yankees have to go through all the steps of throwing bullpens and facing hitters and getting into rehab games. That’s why it will be another month and a half before any realistic chance of getting Pineda back in the rotation. “I would think August is probably realistic,” Girardi said. “You’ve got to build him up. That’s the problem.” Girardi stressed that there’s been no additional setback. The Yankees are simply giving Pineda more rest this time than they did last time.
• Why not bring up Francisco Cervelli immediately? “We don’t think the (Double-A) at-bats hurt him,” Girardi said. “Brian McCann is going to play the next three days here, that’s my plan. For him just to sit and not get the at-bats doesn’t make a lot of sense, and we think the at-bats will help him.”
• Why sit Yangervis Solarte today? “Solo just looks like he could use a day off,” Girardi said. “He scuffled a little bit in Seattle with a lot of ground balls, and sometimes that can be a sign of fatigue or just needing a day. And I just decided to give him a day.”
• No real concern about Jacoby Ellsbury being back in the lineup after being pulled from last night’s game with a tight hip. “He said he would text us today if he thought he needed a day,” Girardi said. “It was 2:30 and we hadn’t received anything (so the lineup was posted). … He came in and said he feels good.”
• Heath Bell heading to Triple-A is a kind of see-what-he-can-do experiment. “This guy has had success,” Girardi said. “He’s been a closer who has pitched in high-level situations. We’ll see if he can help us.”
• Speaking of guys like that, Girardi said he’s not exactly sure what Andrew Bailey is up to. He might have thrown a side the other day, but Girardi really wasn’t positive. “He’s still a ways away,” Girardi said.
• By the way, parking was kind of a nightmare even four hours before first pitch. Apparently tonight’s game is sold out. I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever seen anything close to a sold-out game in this ballpark, but it could be kind of cool. Combination of the A’s having a good team, the Yankees coming to town and Jeter’s last trip, I suppose, brings the fans to the stadium.
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