Jeter’s Chances Of 3000th Hit At CitiField Wane

So I was sitting there beating myself up: of course nobody gets an MRI the same night they sustain an ordinary injury, every doctor wants to wait for the swelling to go down on anything and everything. But you cannot posit this, even with the caveat that it’s a conspiracy theory and you don’t necessarily believe it.

Besides which, I told myself, the math just didn’t work. The stint on the disabled list was long, but it wasn’t long enough. They couldn’t possibly be deliberately putting him on the shelf for a minor or non-existent injury just to delay his milestone to make sure it happened at home and not on the road, because the day after he was eligible to be activated they’d be playing in New York all right – but in the wrong ballpark.

The Yankees were not faking or exaggerating Derek Jeter’s injury just to make sure he got his 3,000th base hit in Yankee Stadium and that they could sell to a memorabilia-addicted public everything up to and including a commemorative Mason Jar full of air from the ballpark during the moment he got it.

They couldn’t be; Jeter was eligible to return from his strained right calf on Thursday, June 30, and he could resume play that day against Milwaukee, and then move into  CitiField needing only six hits or less with three games to play against the Mets, and the Yankees would rather return the franchise to the league than to let Jeter achieve his milestone in Queens and not the Bronx. Of course it wasn’t a conspiracy! They’d have to come up with some additional story that Jeter might not be ready to be activated on June 30.

Well, looky here: tonight an additional story that Jeter might not be ready to be activated on June 30.

Frankly, if he’s late by six games in coming off the DL, he misses the last game of the Yankees’ Milwaukee game, and the entirety of the Mets’ series, and the first two games of the subsequent series in Cleveland. Bring him back on July 6 and maybe he gets a knock or two or three (but not six) there, and he walks back into the Stadium with four games against Tampa Bay and still needing six hits or fewer.

Obviously, they do conduct MRIs on injuries in the hours after they occur. Even at night. But to my mind those tend to be for serious head or spinal injuries. Just a year ago, when Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies strained his calf on Opening Day (in the early afternoon no less), the Phillies waited until the next day to get his MRI done. But Jeter had his the same night as the injury and before sunrise it was evident he was going on the DL and missing the long road trip and golly if he couldn’t come back right on time he couldn’t possibly set the record at CitiField, and if he couldn’t come back within six or seven days, he couldn’t possibly set the record in Cleveland but would have a damn good chance of doing it at Yankee Stadium.

For the record, these are other important Derek Jeter dates: Sunday, he turns 37 years old. And if this is a really serious strain, and he misses three weeks more than originally expected, he’d be back on Friday, July 22, when the Yankees begin a 10-game homestand.

The truth is out there.

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It’s been played brilliantly by the Yankees. I don’t have any issue with it… mainly ’cause Jeter hasn’t been that good this year anyway, so he should have a little time off. The great thing about it is, they’re benching him without benching him, It’ll be good for baseball to have a Yankee do this in The Stadium anyway. Note that Jeter’s WAR is -0.1 at the moment. Doesn’t matter to me if Jeter’s actually injured or not, ’cause he (and the team) definitely needs him to have the time off anyway.

But, if he was pullin’ off a .350 OBP or on pace for 180 hits & actually contributing to the Yankees winning, I’d consider this all wrong.

“The truth is out there.”

Sir? You’re a geek. (This is a good thing. *grin*)

I surely do wish him all the best! I was watching that game when he hurt his calf…on TV of course. I have been looking forward to that 3000th hit for a long time! I don’t mind waiting a bit longer. LOL on the Mason jar air! The show was hilarious tonight as well, between Cheech and Chong and the special comment starring German Superman. Oh, Keith. You are gifted. You are your best self. I admire you so! Hugs.

He’s eligible to come off on Wednesday, June 29, so he almost certainly would’ve gotten it at Citi Field, considering his history against the Mets.

He would have been only the 4th person to get 3000 before age 37. But to be a little more particular, if he had reached 3000 before June 19th, he would have become the 3rd youngest to get there:
Cobb (34 years 8 months 1 day)
Aaron (36 years 3 months 12 days)
Yount (one week before 37th birthday)

Oh well. Now the next tier comes up: he has 18 days (from June 29th) to beat Rose for 4th youngest to 3000.

I am sure Jeter will get to 3,000 hits at some point. Remember the Yankees gave him a stupid multi-year deal. When it happens. How it happens. Where it happens. I don’t care.

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He would have been only the 4th person to get 3000 before age 37. But to be a little more particular, if he had reached 3000 before June 19th, he would have become the 3rd youngest to get there:
Cobb (34 years 8 months 1 day)
Aaron (36 years 3 months 12 days)
Yount (one week before 37th birthday)

Oh well. Now the next tier comes up: he has 18 days (from June 29th) to beat Rose for 4th youngest to 3000.

I have been looking forward to that 3000th hit for a long time! I don’t mind waiting a bit longer. LOL on the Mason jar air! The show was hilarious tonight as well, between Cheech and Chong and the special comment starring German Superman.

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