Don’t Call It A Comeback

In my younger days when I played the sports–the backgammon, chess, baseball, basketball, football, tennis, etc–I used to play with a soundtrack in my head. Sometimes when I needed to hit a homer, I’d play an especially angry song to get me amped up. Other times when I was bored out in the field and thinking of a girl I liked, I played the dance club classic "This is the Rhythm of the Night" (or whatever it is called) or a George Michael ballad. This is the song I imagine Derek Jeter was playing in his head all last night, and the one I hope he will be playing the rest of the season.

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  • Can’t turn on music at work right now, but the song I used to play was “You’re the best” from the Karate Kid movie. I still like it, to this day. Make fun of me at will.
    For the last year though in softball I’ve used “The Pretender” by Foo Fighters. It was on the radio before the first game of the playoffs last year while I was driving home from work, and after Beckett dominated the Angels I played it before his other 3 starts. It’s a pretty fricken awesome song, too.

    Atheose July 9, 2008, 9:23 am
  • Speaking of Jeter and comebacks…according to most defensive metrics he is actually an above average defensive SS this year! I thought he looked better since the start of the season – I remember last year every time a ball was hit just to the left of 2B, I knew it was going to be a hit – not the case this year (although is it me or are they positioning him closer to the bas this year?). Now if only he could start to hit like he is capable of, he would be an elite player again!

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 10:19 am
  • I think he said off-season he was working very hard on his defense (lateral movements), so at least that paid off. Hopefully not as the expense of his hitting though.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 10:26 am
  • It sucks to see Jeter getting old but he certainly turned back the clocks last night. How much longer does he really have though? Something wrong with him this year or is age catching up with him? I hope it’s the first.
    Flip side…Abreu sucks and needs to go now. I hate that guy. What a donkey.

    krueg July 9, 2008, 10:33 am
  • Abreu is getting old, it seems, but I don’t hate the guy. Seems like a chill dude, whose skills are diminishing. He did have the amazing half dfor us when he first arrived. Can’t forget that.

    Nick-YF July 9, 2008, 10:37 am
  • OH…and a song that always gets me pumped is “New York, New York” by Sinatra! Mostly because I play it on the Jukebox after every Yankees victory at the bar we hang out at…the locals LOVE IT! Well, actually they don’t but screw those rednecks.

    krueg July 9, 2008, 10:39 am
  • Nick: I hear you but I still hate him. He was great that first year, not bad last year. It’s not his bat as much as his defense. So many balls land five feet from the guy…it drives me crazy. I want outfielders that will lay out for the ball like Melky, Damon (actually he can go too), Gardner, etc. Whenever the ball is into the corner or at the wall you KNOW he isn’t going to make a play. Did I mention he is hitting .275???

    krueg July 9, 2008, 10:41 am
  • Yeah Krueg, I think Abreu is one of the most undeserving people to ever get a gold glove. ‘Tek is right there with him.

    Atheose July 9, 2008, 10:47 am
  • “I played the dance club classic “This is the Rhythm of the Night” (or whatever it is called) or a George Michael ballad.”
    Oh Nick… Nick, Nick, Nick… Some things are better left unsaid.

    LocklandSF July 9, 2008, 10:55 am
  • Re: Abreu – could very well be the worst RF in the AL right now. Replacement Level Yanks (link on the left hand side of the blog here) have been doing some really interesting value comparisons for each AL position player, and Abreu did in fact rank dead last among RFs, thanks to league-average offense (adjusted for position) and absolutely atrocious defense (according to Zone Rating, which I think is a pretty good defensive metric). And he makes $16 million this year.
    Salary aside, the Yanks absolutely need to get more value from that position – time to explore other options.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 12:23 pm
  • Just to clarify two things from my post – the link to Replacement Level Yanks is on the right hand side, actually. And the “value comparisons” I referred to judge overall performance (Runs created on offense added to runs prevented on defense), and don’t factor in salary.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 12:26 pm
  • Mark: I don’t need any mathematical formulas to know the Abreu is garbage!!! ;)

    krueg July 9, 2008, 2:44 pm
  • Yeah, I knew he was bad to…but to see that he was not only bad, but the very worst RF in the league was alarming…

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:27 pm

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