Where Have You Gone, Derek Jeter?

Before We Enshrine the Local Hero, Let’s Take a Look at Some Cold Facts

So, as Derek Jeter enters the second half of the season, and maybe of his career, what does the future hold? Maybe this all-too-ordinary start is the result of nagging injuries or even worry about his younger sister, who was diagnosed with cancer during the off-season. Maybe he's simply caught up in the malaise of being on a team filled with players—Tino, Paulie, Scott, and Chuckie—playing out the string on their Yankee careers, and perhaps even their baseball careers. And there's always the possibility that, next season, with a new crew to impress—Drew Henson, Nick Johnson, even Barry Bonds or Jason Giambi—Derek might again start to party like it's 1999. But whether or not that happens, let's remember that the Yankee pantheon is populated by mortals—the center fielder who went through two livers, the first baseman who had a disease named after him, and the catcher who never learned how to fly. A not-so-young shortstop who has lost the capacity to surprise us is hardly the stuff of tragedy.


Oh, Jee

At a time when Derek Jeter should be entering the prime of his career, his offensive and defensive numbers have slipped for three consecutive seasons, and his 2001 stats are worse than those of his rookie year.

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