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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, July 11, 2011

It was a beautiful thing to watch and I mean even if you hate the New York Yankees - for whatever reason you hate a team...

The Captain is different. Even people who root against the Yankees, find they can not root against Derek Jeter. He has done it correctly from the beginning. He knows the history of the game. He knows the history of the Yankees. Even though he grew up in Michigan, he was a Yankee fan through and through.



He has spent his entire career with the Yankees even with other teams courting him during free-agency and even after the Yankees turned their last negotiation into a sideshow, proving the kids are their father's sons.

All season they - those out there who write or have a voice via a TV or radio show or even a phone to call one of the aforementioned - have said he was done...toast. .250 batting average...no power (when did Jeter ever really have power?).

Friday night the game was rained out. It seemed fitting that Derek Jeter would hit the milestone on a bright sunny day in the Bronx.

Saturday in his first at bat he hit a rope to left field for hit 2,999. It was an 8 pitch at bat during which Jeter battled on every pitch. He later said david Price, the Rays pitcher, could have thrown the ball in the dugout and Derek would have sung he was that anxious.

Then in the third inning with 48,000+ standing in the stands, Jeter and Price battled again and again on the 8th pitch the ball took off into the sky and did not fall until it landed some 420 feet away in the hands of Christian Lopez in the left field stands (more on him in a moment).

Derek decided the day was going pretty darn good and ended up with 5 hits in 5 at bats. He stole a base and his last hit drove in the game winning run. One black mark on the day was Jeter being thrown out attempting his second steal of the day.

So...in the end...think about it, because on this day the NUMBER 2 RULED!

#2 - Jeter's uniform number

#2 - second at bat on the day in which he hit his 3,000th hit

#2 - second player to hit a home run while getting his 3,000th hit (Wade Boggs)

#2 - second player to get 5 hits on the day he got his 3,000th hit (Craig Biggio)

#2 - it was EXACTLY 2:00pm when Derek Jeter hit his 3,000th hit


Now Christian Lopez...this young man had the ball in his hands. The Yankee officials moved him into the bowels of the stadium. THey asked, what do you want for the ball? His response, "I don't know. I would like to give the ball to Derek." Yankee brass said sure. Then Lopez spoke up and oyu know the officials began to get nervous..."Can I get a jersey, a couple of signed balls and bats too?" Taking a deep breath and realizing Lopez was not going to write a 6-figure number on a sheet of paper or walk out with the ball and sell it to the highest bidder, the Yankee brass then did the right thing. They ponied up the swag Lopez asked for and then handed him tickets for every game for the rest of 2011, plus he will get seats at any post season - including World Series - games the Yankees play in.

And he got to meet Derek Jeter and hand the ball to the only man who should hold it.

Nicely done Mr. Lopez.


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7 Of Your Sparks

  1. Yes, it was a day to be a baseball fan and not a team fan.
    A truly remarkable performance by both Jeter and the guy who caught the ball.

    I only went four for five when I hit my 3000th.

     
  2. Travis Cody Says:
  3. I missed the big day, but we read about it later. As a Dodgers fan, I should always despise the Yankees. But you know I haven't been able to do that since a certain day in September 10 years ago.

    And I have always appreciated the way DJ approaches the game. He's one of those rare favorites of mine, and it just doesn't matter who he plays for.

    So well done DJ, and well done Mr Lopez.

     
  4. IWS Radio Says:
  5. What's great about Jeter is he's everything Alex Rodriquez is not. And I hate everything about A-Rod.

    I get tired of the over the top media coverage of Jeter, but I've always like him.

     
  6. PHFRANKIE: It was indeed...and 4 for 5 is not bad dude

    TRAVIS: It was a spectacular day for Yankee fans

    IWS/JAY: I do not feel as strongly against ARod as you do, but there is a huge difference between the way the two have conducted themselves since coming into the game

     
  7. Mimi Lenox Says:
  8. Always loved Jeter. Thanks for the interesting background information, Vinny. I learn something everyday on The Couch.

     
  9. MIMI: Glad I gave you some knowledge....

     
  10. Dianne Says:
  11. nice post Vin

    to be really honest with you I'm surprised that it was about the money for me too!

    I went back and forth about it and got caught up in how sweet Lopez is and (as you point out) what a class act Jeter is but then I thought about how the seats they gave the kid don't sell anyway because they're too expensive and how most regular people can't take their kids to the new stadium because it's become a virtual haven for the rich and is more a gourmet food court that a ball field and I went the other way

    I'm sick of big business Vin and I'm tired of people being mulit-billionaires because they can swing a bat while people like the ONLY med person who sees me for free struggles to pay her insurance
    and so that's where I netted out
    tickets for a season that's half over and some crap from the concesion is not enough
    and asking the kid what he wanted in a moment of excitement without telling him what he really could get is typical corporate BS

    I'm sorry I disappointed you, maybe I'm becoming too hardened by what's going on in my life

    Cheers Vin :)

     

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