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Interpreting Derek Jeter’s Spring Training Press Conference

Posted by Andrew Zercie on February 26, 2010

Whenever New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter speaks, it’s rare that he allows much to be known. Jeter likes to keep his true thoughts to himself, always has.

Earlier this week, Jeter held a press conference prior to the first day that position players were obligated to be in Tampa for spring training. While most of what he said to the media was the usual vanilla, uncontroversial stuff he’s stuck to for 15 years, there appeared to be some interesting material tucked in-between the boring run-of-the-mill quotes many are used to reading.

What follows is my attempt to deconstruct some of Jeter’s quotes to provide a better understanding of the deeper meaning behind his carefully-crafted answers to questions from the media. Quotes by Derek Jeter were found in various published reports.

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ALCS: Start Spreading the News

Posted by Andrew Zercie on October 15, 2009

Look for a big ALCS from A-Rod.

Look for a big ALCS from A-Rod.

Because the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have made it to the postseason nearly every year this decade, it’s easy to forget that these teams have not had much success in October in recent seasons. The Yankees’ ALDS sweep of the Minnesota Twins earned them a berth in the ALCS for the first time since 2004. The Angels advanced to the ALCS for the first time since 2005.

The Angels have had the Yankees’ number since Mike Scioscia became their manager. As great as the Yankees’ roster is this season, the Angels’ success over them in October casts a shadow of doubt over the Yankees’ chances to move on to the World Series.

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ALDS Preview: We Will See Sox-Yanks, IV

Posted by Andrew Zercie on October 7, 2009

Yankees Need a Big Postseason From CC

Yankees Need a Big Postseason From CC

The Yankees are back in the playoffs after finishing 3rd in the AL East last season. The hottest team in baseball may be the Minnesota Twins, winners of 17 of their last 21, including an extra game in extra innings. Do they have enough talent to match their momentum?

The Red Sox seek their third World Series title in six seasons, but can they get past the Angels, who are talented and inspired by the loss of Nick Adenhart?

With apologies to the other sports, there’s nothing better than the baseball postseason. Here now, is a quick look at each Division Series, with some predictions.

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New York Yankees Bullpen: Best in Baseball

Posted by Andrew Zercie on July 5, 2009

"Bridge to Rivera" Finally Fixed

"Bridge to Rivera" Finally Fixed

For the first two months of the 2009 season, the New York Yankees bullpen was considered a weakness.

How many stories were written about Mariano Rivera’s age?

How many articles were published that questioned the intelligence of having Joba Chamberlain start instead of relieve?

All along, Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman professed that the answers to their bullpen issues would come from within. Few, if anyone, believed this would actually be the case. After all, these are the New York Yankees! You know how they work, they can buy any player they want!

Well, it appears that the Yankees have indeed fixed the bullpen. After holding what amounted to a two-month open audition to fill in the spots between the starting rotation and Mariano Rivera, the Yankees have settled on a combination of relievers that has put together a dominant stretch of pitching since June 1st.

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Yanks Walk Off With Fifth Straight

Posted by Andrew Zercie on May 17, 2009

For the first time since 1972, the New York Yankees have won three straight games in walk-off fashion. For the second straight day, the fans went home via a home run in extra innings.

On Saturday, Alex Rodriguez’s two-run shot over the leftfield wall secured an 11th inning win over the Minnesota Twins.

On Sunday, it was deja va all over again, as Johnny Damon sent a solo blast into the rightfield seats, giving the New York Yankees a 3-2 win in 10 innings.

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