Aside from Brett Gardner solidifying his dominance over Yu Darvish, there was nothing else to cheer about in last night's 4-2 Yankee loss to the Texas Rangers. Unless, however, you want to focus on Derek Jeter. That's what I want to do.
In case you didn't know, Jeter collected three hits last night, upping his career total to 3,420. With the three hits, he tied and passed Hall Of Famer and Boston Red Sox icon Carl Yastrzemski. Jeter now sits alone in seventh place on the all-time hits list. His next target is Honus Wagner (3,430), considered by many to be the greatest short stop in baseball history.
When he passes Wagner, don't assume Jeter will be the best short stop in baseball history. Wagner won eight batting titles, led the league in slugging six times and led the league in stolen bases five times. Jeter has never done any of those things. He has, however, made more postseason appearances than Wagner, collecting five World Series rings to Wagner's one.
Will there be a sixth ring for Jeter before he walks off into the sunset this Fall? I think it's safe to say that the answer to that question is a resounding "no." Jeter has said a number of times this season that he wants to avoid the fate Mariano Rivera was dealt last year: knowing when his last game would be. If the Yankees keep playing the way they have played over the last three games, Jeter will face the same fate.
The Yankees explained their reason for scheduling their Yankee Stadium farewell for Jeter on September 7th, by saying they didn't want it to distract a possible playoff race later in the month. Well, unfortunately, there is a good chance that it will turn out to be a non-issue. What a sad way to say, "Farewell, Captain."