2013 is going to come to a somber end for the Yankees, regardless of where they end their season. The Yankees will lose their closer Mariano Rivera to retirement after 19 years in the Major Leagues. However, Rivera might not be the only one to head off into the sunset. Andy Pettitte (who usually has a back and forth moment during the offseason) could be following him (again) and possibly…Derek Jeter? Well, at least that’s what the New York Post is speculating.
As we all know, Derek Jeter is a proud player and likes to come out on top, but this season it’s been almost impossible for Jeter to stay healthy on the field, as he’s had setbacks this past year. However, he was hopeful that he could return next season on his 2014 option.
“I never imagine not playing.” Jeter told the New York Post. “This has been my job for the past 20 years.”
Jeter had done an amazing job the past 20 years, there’s no denying that. However, Jeter might have to take into effect that he’s 39, he had a serious ankle injury, few players Jeter’s age that have had the same injury haven’t played the same, if at all. I’m not saying Jeter should retire. But I am thinking that Jeter might want to take a step back and look at reality. He’s not the same player he was 10 years ago. He’s gotten older, lost some of his range and is more injury prone because of his belief that he can come back from anything. Jeter is an amazing human and means so much to the Yankees, but even the great Derek Jeter has to realize that he’s not Superman. Every superhero has their kryptonite.
NOTES & NEWS:
– David Huff and Phil Hughes were listed as relievers going into today’s game. Does that mean the Yankees are willing to go with a four-man rotation through Baltimore and Boston or will they plug in someone from the bullpen to start Thursday?
– Travis Hafner was in Baltimore with the Yankees doing batting practice. Not sure when he’s going to be activated but it could be soon if he’s doing BP at this stage of his injury.
– Zoilo Almonte is also with the team in Baltimore. I imagine that he’s to provide extra insurance for the Yankees in the outfield.
Photo credit: (September 6, 2013 - Source: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America)