Derek Jeter on Red Sox in second half: ‘I’m sure they’ll be fine’
|07.09.12 at 11:11 am ET|
Don’t worry Red Sox fans. Derek Jeter says your team will be just fine in the second half.
Easy for the captain of the best team in baseball to say after his Yankees just took three of four at Fenway Park to put 10 games in the loss column between themselves and the woebegone Red Sox.
They’re always tough,” Jeter said after his three hits paced the Yankees to a 7-3 win over the Red Sox Sunday night into Monday morning. “You play 162 games for a reason. Teams go through rough periods. They’ve had a lot of injuries and they have a lot of guys that will be coming back. So, yeah, they’re always tough. We won three out of four but it’s not like you’re looking forward to playing them like it’s easy or anything. It’s a challenge every time you face these guys. I’m sure they’ll be fine.”
The Yankees are already fine. They’re a major league best 52-33 at the break, going on a 30-12 tear since May 22.
“We wanted to finish strong obviously four days off,” Jeter said. “We’ve been playing good. We’ve been playing good now for what seems like quite a long time. Obviously, there’s a lot more attention paid when we’re playing Boston but I think we’ve playing good regardless of who the opposition has been. We had four games in three days here and it seems like we never left the place so it definitely feels good to win.”
Challenge is one way to describe one of the only misfires for Jeter in a night and weekend of precious few highlights for Red Sox fans.
Jeter dropped back into his customary stance behind second base for what seemed the certain end of a first-inning rally for the Red Sox. He got under a Cody Ross pop up that would’ve stranded two runners on base. But the unthinkable happened. He dropped the ball, Pedro Ciriaco scored and Fenway went into a brief frenzy.
“Well, I wish I had a good story for you, like a bird hit it or something but it was basically a pop up and I dropped it. That’s it. There’s really nothing else to say. I think I’ve done it one other time in my career in Anaheim. I don’t know, man. I dropped it. I used two hands. It didn’t go into the glove or my hand. That’s probably, if you think about it, the most embarrassing thing that could happen to a player on defense, whether it’s an infielder, outfielder or catcher. I wish I could tell you the wind was gusting and blew it all over the place but it didn’t happen, man. I just dropped it.”
Jeter was battling a cramp in his right shoulder that he said was like a charley horse. He was given the out of saying it affected him but turned down the excuse.
“It’s nothing. Just a little muscle spasm,” said Jeter, who was asked when it cropped up.
“Right when the pop up came,” Jeter joked. “No, it was after that.”
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