The New York Yankees missed the postseason in 2013 and the entire Empire State went up in arms. In the Bronx, if a certain baseball team doesn’t finish with at least 90 wins then the season is considered a lost. Whether that’s fair or not doesn’t really matter, because that’s the way it is and has always been when referring to the Yankees’ fan base.
With that being said, the baseball fans in New York need to learn some patience this offseason — especially with their 39-year-old captain. Derek Jeter has long been the face of Yankees’ baseball and his .190 batting average for the 2013 campaign was definitely a shock to us all. The usually sure-handed shortstop only played in 17 games last year despite leading MLB in plate appearances, at-bats and hits the previous season.
Thankfully, Jeter was back to the practice field on Monday as the shortstop claims he no longer feels the effects of a broken ankle he suffered in 2012. To be honest: it wasn’t the injury itself that ruined Jeter’s 2013 season. In fact, it was the shortstop’s hardheadedness as he returned July 11, but experienced pain in his quadriceps and went back to the disabled list. After that, Jeter returned again on July 28 for a grant total of three games before straining his right calf.
So at the end of the day, it’s not Jeter’s ankle that he needs to worry about it — the shortstop must make sure to tame his ego first and foremost.