Greetings from Phoenix. I'll be working here the next three days, starting with the Futures Game today. Looking forward to it.
In a column I wrote a while ago, in preparation for this, I argued that we should salute Jeter the player, rather than Jeter the legend. Jeter the player is amazing. He's one of the top five shortstops of all time. I think that actual, phenomenal resume gets overlooked because we're so into the Superman mythology.
Of course, had I known that Jeter was going to go deep for number 3,000, go 5-for-5 and deliver the game-winning hit all on the same day...I might have chosen to go in a different direction.
--Jeter's teammates expressed their happiness for him. It was pretty cool that Jorge Posada was the first person to greet Jeter at home plate. Especially considering that, earlier this season, we wondered whether Posada would still be on the team at this point.
--Great job by the fan who caught the home run, who demanded only an autograph and a meeting with Jeter in return for the ball. I'd never begrudge anyone who wanted to cash in upon falling into such a situation, but I think it's pretty cool that Christian Lopez decided not to do so. And his generous spirit paid off with some pretty cool gifts from the Yankees.
--The Rays were happy, sort of, for Jeter.
--Typical Alex Rodriguez, stealing Jeter's thunder. A-Rod has a slight tear of the meniscus in his right knee. Just watching a video clip of A-Rod speaking post-game, on my flight here, it seemed to me that he was leaning toward surgery.
What's the point in playing through the condition if you're such a diminished player? And we know now that Eduardo Nunez can hold down the fort for a while.
--My All-Star break awards are arranged as part of a photo gallery.
--Have a great day.