No, really. I'm not kidding. They mean have him start, not just come in as a late inning defensive replacement or a pinch runner or something. Really, if he gets to hit, he's no longer a useful member of any team.
On a sunny and beautiful day in Arlington, Derek went 4 for 6 with 2 home runs, 2 runs, 3 RBI and 1 stolen base. That gives him 6 hits in his last 11 AB's, with 1 double on Saturday added to the 2 dingers on Sunday.
Saturday was a night game, his double was in the 3rd inning and his single in the 7th.
Don't get me wrong, I've never been a big fan of the man, but I don't believe he's done.
A glance at his splits this year show a few interesting things.
He's hitting .432 in the first 2 innings. (37 AB's)
He's hitting .440 the first time he faces the SP.
In 10 day games, he's hitting .270 .356 .324, with both his doubles, 4 RBI and 5 BB.
While he is hitting a lot of groundballs, his average on them is .292.
In my opinion, this shows that Jeter has two potential problems. One is that he loses energy early in the game. I doubt that's it. The other and most obvious problem is that his eyesight is giving him problems. He's hitting better in day games, and early in night games. As the natural light diminishes, so does his ability to hit.
Most players have problems at age 32, Jeter's seem to have started last year at age 36. If I was in Yankee management, I'd be sending him to the best eye doctor in town.
Seve was special. He played golf like a matador, with wild swings yet a deft touch when needed. Jabbering in Spanish to his brother the caddie.
I was a left handed golfer, so I was very jealous when a right handed friend of mine scored a set of Sounder irons, because they were the clubs that Seve was playing at the time.
The final putt on the 18th at St.Andrews, the smile, the pure joy of winning.
It was sad when he lost his game, but so much sadder to see him struggle with the cancer.
I remember reading a story where it spoke of how Seve was in a practice bunker with other pros, and they were all hitting great shots close to the hole. The other pros were all using sand wedges, Seve was using his 2 iron. He had that kind of an amazing touch. You every try to hit a greenside bunker shot with a 2 iron? It's not easy.