The New York Yankees lost a long and strange game to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night, falling 10-5 in 14 innings. Among the events of the evening, shortstop Derek Jeter made history.
It is not surprising that Jeter made history; he is prone to often do so as he wraps up the final season of his illustrious career. It just usually happens in a positive sense. Unfortunately that was not the case for the Captain on this night, as he went 0-for-7 for the first time in his career. From Danny Knobler of ESPNNewYork:
Jeter had gone hitless 596 other times in his career. He’d gone 0-for-1, 0-for-2, 0-for-3, 0-for-4, 0-for-5 and even 0-for-6. But never 0-for-7, not before this game that also included three replay challenges, eight Yankees pitchers, a successful use of a five-man infield, and one of the wildest rundown plays you’ll ever see (also including Jeter).
‘I don’t know, man,’ Jeter said. ‘It was just a weird game.’
As his skills have declined in the final years of his career, Jeter’s bat has held up for the most part. This year has been a little slow thus far, as Jeter is batting .250/.324/.283 thus far. Over the course of the long season, however, it is probably safe to assume that Jeter will raise his average and on-base percentage with that patented inside-out swing of his.