|Derek Jeter August 24, 2008|
by Flickr user Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons
Once Jeter finally realized what was happening he lobbed the ball towards third base but by then Seager was standing there. I think any other Yankee would have been charged with an error of omission but Jeter was not, hence the triple for Seager who scored two batters later on a force out, 2B-SS.
Jeter did not seem particularly perplexed. After the game Yankee starting pitcher David Phelps was asked about the play and shrugged it off saying that the ball looked foul. No one seemed to want to hold Jeter accountable for his gross mistake. In recent games Jeter has made base running mistakes, too. Maybe playing only 17 games in 2013 has made Jeter rusty. Maybe Jeter's impending June 26 40th birthday suggests a cause. Maybe it's those reasons combined with Jeter's spring training announcement that 2014 is his final season playing baseball. Maybe Jeter is just looking more toward the future than the present.
The real issue is accountability, not Derek Jeter. I think a fundamental dynamic among current players is: there but for the grace of God, go I. If a player does not hold a teammate accountable, then teammates will not hold that player accountable. They say that they do but they don't.
Rivera and Jeter on Cano. Wednesday, May 7, 2014
By now you've probably read that Mariano Rivera wrote that Robinson Cano lacks the red hot passion to excel...
When Cano returned to Yankee Stadium with Seattle he was booed by fans but defended by Yankee captain Derek Jeter who suggested that it was OK for Cano to protect himself from injury by running slowly to first when he'd likely be out. As far as I know no one had the sense to ask Jeter why he had not done the same, especially starting years ago when he was Cano's age.
What do these conflicting positions say about Rivera and Jeter? ...
Jeter's friendship and loyalty are good. So are Rivera's honesty and leadership. Jeter or Rivera?
Most managers and coaches seem timid about accountability. During games players rarely are spoken to after mistakes. Some of it is the modern touchy feely nature of American society generally.
What would Jackie Robinson do about Robinson Cano? Tuesday, February 25, 2014
What would Jackie Robinson have done about Derek Jeter last night?