Watching the Mets take out C.C. Sabathia on Sunday Night Baseball to win the Subway Series, one thing became apparent.
Actually, there were several things, but let’s focus on one of them. Friends, despite what Joe Morgan said, Derek F. Jeter has no range.
The reason the Mets could rip doubles up the third base line was because ARod was playing so far over that he was practically a co-shortstop.
Perhaps part of the problem was that Jeter’s view of the plate — and, well, the upper deck — was blocked by the walking eclipse that is C.C. the Hutt.
But I’m pretty sure his range has diminished no matter who is on the hill.
The charitable folks at the Crane Pool Forum discussed during the game Jeter’s, um, issues, and decided to help the Yankees with this problem.
Here, submitted with love and respect, are potential players who, right now, have better range than Derek F. Jeter.
1) Roadkill squirrel: Well look, he can cover both sides of the highway. And he’s already got pinstripes.
2) Garden gnome: A tribute to the Yankee farm system. Will have to lose the facial hair, though. But if Johnny Damon can do it. Hmmm, he can already throw better than Damon.
3) A tree: A little difficult to bring on the road, especially in stadiums with artificial turf.
4) The wax Jeter from the museum: All the range and twice the personality. Can also fill in for Derek’s busy advertising schedule.
5) A rock: Waiting patiently for his Yankee Moment, then he can be rolled out to Monument Park to be with the other True Yankee monuments.
6) Lady Liberty: Dressed for the occasion. Then again, the Yankees’ record on diversity isn’t good and they’re probably not going to let a lady take the field until every other team but the Red Sox makes the move.
7) Don Zimmer. Look! Zimmer already knows how to dive for a ball, as evidenced by this impromptu lesson from Pedro. When was the last time you saw Jeter dive?
8) A garden slug: Leaves a trail of silvery Yankee aura whever he goes. But no salt in the dugout, please.
Well, that should tide the Bombers over until the next Subway Series, when we can offer base running assistance to Francisco “Pump, Trot and Whine” Cervelli.