Sunday, June 26, 2011

Jeter doesn't get his birthday wish

Derek Jeter isn’t getting his birthday wish this year: a quick return to the baseball diamond. But hopefully it won’t be too much longer before he does.

What the man who has everything probably wanted more than anything was a fast return from the disabled list. But that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Jeter is eligible to return to the New York Yankees on Wednesday, but his calf injury hasn’t fully healed and both Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi expect their primary shortstop to be out indefinitely. If it was up to Jeter, he wouldn’t even be on the disabled list, but it’s obvious that his calf needed the time to heal and not even the Yankees Captain knows when he will be back.

When Jeter does come back, he will be once again be plunged into the media circus about his pursuit of 3,000 hits. Once he finally achieves the milestone, the hard questions will quickly start again: should he be batting leadoff? Should he still be playing shortstop? Will he have to give up the one job he has ever wanted for Eduardo Nunez, Jose Reyes or some other young stud?

But I hope he at least enjoys this one day, even if he’s not playing the game he has loved since he was a small child. He’ll get back to baseball eventually. But Jeter should take a moment to enjoy birthday #37, which he wouldn’t have as much of a chance to do if he was playing baseball.

Happy Birthday, Derek!

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