However, there is no doubt that the revamped Yankees wanted to leave the Lone Star state with at least one win under their belts, and who better to right the pinstripes’ ship than the Captain himself? With New York looking for their first win of the season and only leading the Astros 2-1 in the top of the fifth, Derek Jeter was able to provide a much-needed insurance run by singling in Yangervis Solarte to record his first RBI of the season and help New York top Houston 4-2.
It was a vintage Jeter hit as he smacked the ball the other way into right field, and it is that type of productive swing that the Yankees will desperately need this year if they want to make a serious run for a World Series title in Jeter’s last year.
New York struggled in 2013 as they were crippled with injuries, weak hitters and mediocre pitching. But most of all, the Yanks were missing the player who had been the heart and soul of their team since coming to the majors in 1996, as Jeter only appeared in 17 games due to injuries.
But now he is back, and his leadership will be critical in helping the new big-name players such as Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran adjust to the team, regardless of how long they have been in MLB. His presence in the Bronx Bombers’ lineup gives them an edge that very few other players could provide.
And if tonight is any indication of things to come, he can still be a productive hitter at the plate and help out his team when they need a spark the most.