Some how I missed this play in last nights game, but when I listened to Mike and Mike this morning on the way to class, I found out that a hurricane of hate went Derek Jeter’s way over the past 24 hours.
Personally I don’t get it, who the hell cares? Dude made a heads up play and got first base because of it, anyone who wouldn’t try that probably won’t be in the majors too long. Is there any difference in trapping a ball and pretending you caught it? Some how this case is different, and makes Jeter “unprofessional,” according to a lot of fan mail sent into Mike and Mike.
You know what is professional? Helping your team win games, and trying to repeat that World Series Championship. And guess what, the next at bat, Curtis Granderson went yard, which at the time put the Yankees in the lead. That’s just a good day at the office as far as im concerned. Anyone who has watched Jeter over the years knows he dives over the plate in order to take the ball the other way, that’s why he gets hit so much. He knows he’s going to get hit, and he keeps his mouth shut when he does, so as far as I’m concerned, he is owed a free-bee.
Bottom line, the ball hit the bat, and the umpire got the call wrong. Get over it. I’m sick and tired of hearing about instant replay every one in a thousand times an umpire gets a call blatantly wrong. Baseball has always been that way, and it should always stay that way. The human factor has always been one of the best parts of baseball as far as I’m concerned, and don’t think my teams have never been screwed by it. It may suck when it happens, but that’s just a personal problem. As far as the game taking longer because of replay, that’s just the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Baseball games take nearly three hours anyways, what’s another couple of minutes? (I know that’s an argument for pro-replay people, but I agree with that part).
My biggest reason for keeping things the way they are is that I don’t want to see the sport changed, keep it the way it’s always been. Think back a few years ago to a big pennant race, does anyone remember a bad call that cost a team a game here or there? No. They just remember who won. Lastly, I really believe the sooner we can just tell everyone instant replay won’t happen, the umpires will get better. I seriously believe that they are trying to blow some calls in order to get replay to make their lives easier. It sure as hell as seemed like calls have gotten worse ever since instant replay began to be considered.
Back to Jeter, he’s obviously the man considering he hasn’t been in the middle of any controversy since his rookie year.