Saturday, June 26, 2010

Happy Birthday, Captain Jeter

Derek Jeter turned 36 years old today, something the two Joes, his current manager Girardi and his previous manager Torre, have a hard time believing.

Has it really been 15 years since Jeter burst on the scene as a skinny rookie taking over the shortstop job for the New York Yankees? It seems like yesterday when the young Jeter grabbed a hold of a position with a lot of turnover before he arrived in the Bronx and never looked back.

The years have gone by quickly, but the career is impressive: a .316 lifetime batting average, 2,830+ hits, 1,622 runs scored, 232 home runs and more than 1,100 ribbies. There have been times when Jeter has looked his age this year, slow on balls to his left with a BA well below his career number. But Girardi and Brian Cashman don't seem to be overly concerned, knowing that the day will come when Jeter will no longer be the Yankees shortstop, but content to have him continue to man the position now.

So what do you give the man who literally has everything? If you ask Jeter, he'll probably say he just wants a win. So do we.

Happy Birthday, Derek!

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