This season has begun awfully for Derek Jeter. Reports have it that he’s playing with an injured shoulder. He’s hitting roughly 30 points below his career average, and a good fifty points below his career OBP. In the field he’s looked even worse than normal, and on the pads he’s made a series of uncharacteristic mistakes. Did he really get old over the winter? The Captain need only look to the rejuvenated performances of the Moose, who won his 9th game last night, and Jason Giambi for a little positive reinforcement. We’re pulling for him. As a reminder of just how great he’s been, and for how long, a third-inning single yesterday gave him his 2,416th career hit as a Yankee, moving him past Mickey Mantle. Only Babe Ruth, (2,518) and Lou Gehrig (2,721) are ahead of him, and it seems almost unthinkable that he won’t catch both before his tenure is over. He’s got a good shot a reaching Ruth this season. We sure hope he gets there.