Bench Jeter! – Bronx cheer, 09/26/14


Derek Jeter says last night’s Hollywood ending – let’s face it, it doesn’t get any better than that – wasn’t the end. He says he won’t play shortstop anymore, but “Out of respect for the Red Sox, their fans and the rivalry, I’m going to DH” sometime this weekend.

Meaning his past – there really is no future anymore, it’s all past now – is in Joe Girardi’s hands.

Derek wants to play, Joe. So it’s up to you to do the right thing:

Bench him. Have Derek ride the pine for the Yankees’ last three games of the season.

Imagine it’s the last game of the year on Sunday, and Derek is striding to the plate with the Yankees behind by a run, with the bases loaded and two men out in the top of the ninth inning.

Now imagine him looking at a third strike.

Don’t let it even be possible, Joe. These last three games don’t matter. The Yankees and the Red Sox won’t be playing in October this year.

Derek doesn’t write the lineup, Joe. You do.

Don’t let him play, because this movie ended last night, and how could you ever write a better ending?

Cue the music. Roll the credits. No longer batting for the Yankees … Number Two … Derek Jeter.


Times Groundhog hed

Now, THAT’S a headline. Kudos, New York Times.


From the Associated Press, via

The Danish government on Friday announced it was joining the coalition to strike at the Islamic State extremist group, sending seven F-16 fighter jets to take part in airstrikes against the group in Iraq.

ISIS, you really had no idea what you were getting into, did you? It’s all over now; you’re messin’ with Denmark.

In Britain Friday, Prime Minister David Cameron made an impassioned plea for Britain to join the coalition…. 

Lawmakers are expected to approve the motion, which is supported by all three main parties and comes only days after Iraq’s prime minister requested help.

The motion does not address any action in Syria. Critics say that would be illegal because Syrian President Bashar Assad has not invited outsiders to help.

You gotta love the Brits. They’re so polite. Whether it’s afternoon tea or war, they never, ever, show up uninvited.


Another from the Associated Press, via

A New York City postal carrier is accused of failing to deliver more than 40,000 pieces of mail, some dating to 2005.

According to a federal court complaint, Joseph Brucato hoarded the mail at his home, car and post office locker. He was arrested Wednesday after a supervisor noticed undelivered mail piled up in Brucato’s personal vehicle.

The 67-year-old Brucato was arraigned Wednesday and released on his own recognizance.

Magistrate Vera Scanlon ordered him to “abstain from excessive alcohol consumption.”

Brucato’s attorney says his client suffered from depression.

Yeah, he’s got the blues.

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