Holy Jeter!

There are some players who seem to shrink as the spotlight becomes brighter. Whether it is bad luck, stress, or just plain choking these players never seem to live up to the expectations that they put on themselves or those put on them by the media and the fans. History is riddled with those people who throughout their careers they played well until they got into the post season. On the other hand, there are a handful of players who seem to shine whenever the game is on the line. They seem to step up and deliver in each and every clutch situation. Those are the players who become legends. People like Bob Gibson, Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth. You know that they could come into a series in a huge slump but when the game was on the line, they delivered. Derek Jeter is quickly becoming one of those type of players. It never ceases to amaze me how Jeter seems to step up his game a notch when he needs to. Tonight was a prime example. With the Yankees struggling from the lead off position, Joe Torre asked Jeter to bat first to try and get something started. With the first pitch of the game, he drove it over the left field wall for a home run. He followed this in the third inning when he drove a ball to deep right center for a triple. In his first two at bats, he had hit for the toughest half of a cycle. Derek Jeter almost single handedly beat the New York Mets by scoring 2 of the 3 Yankee runs. Even though I can’t stand the New York teams, I do have to tip my hat to this fantastic shortstop.

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