Posted by: Jeremy | September 18, 2010

“Winning baseball”, the Yankee way


A-Rod, a real "man's man"

It seems I’m not the only one weighing in on Derek Jeter and his Academy Award nomination the other night. Much of the talk around the league the last couple days has been Jeter’s acting job on an inside pitch from Tampa Bay’s Chad Qualls that hit the knob of his bat but was sold for a hit by a pitch. Curtis Granderson, against all odds, homered a couple pitches later to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead, but a Dan Johnson two-run homer in the bottom of the inning was enough for a Rays win to grab first in the division.

Jeter, for one, has laughed it off, admitting he faked getting hit and saying the whole situation is pretty, pretty, pretty funny. I agree, and the shots I took at him in my original post were more good-natured than anything, because I actually respect the guy a ton (even though he can’t hit or field anymore). Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, though, chimed in yesterday afternoon with an opinion of his own on the matter: “That’s winning baseball,” he said. “Simple as that. Winning baseball.”

Sure thing, Cashman. Except your team lost the game. Is signing A.J. Burnett to a five-year, $82 million contract also a part of winning baseball? Funny, because Jeter’s act the other night reminded me of another classic example of “winning baseball” exhibited by the Yankees in a losing cause: Remember Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS, with Alex Rodriguez laying a little slap on the wrist of Bronson Arroyo while getting tagged out on an infield grounder? Yeah, that came with New York about to lose its third straight en route to blowing the series. A little desperate, kind of like Jeter on Wednesday.

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