Monday, May 30, 2011

16 Years Ago: Derek's First Hit

Derek Jeter’s march toward Yankees history got off to an inauspicious start when he went 0-for-5 in his first major-league game on May 29, 1995......
Then on May 30th SEATTLE, May 30— Melido Perez handed the baseball to his bullpen tonight without instructions and paid for it. Bob Wickman and Steve Howe needed only 10 minutes to tear down the house that Perez built as the Yankees lost to the Mariners, 7-3. Derek Jeter collected the first two hits of his major league career, scored the two runs that tied this game in the seventh inning and then saw Bernie Williams untie it in the raucous eighth. It was all so charming, at the time, to Manager Buck Showalter. The Yankees held a 3-2 lead and Perez had retired 16 straight batters, but then Rich Amaral continued his Ken Griffey impersonation. Perez survived an earthquake of a first inning, retired 19 of 20 batters in the middle innings and then hung on to the nearest handrail. In the eighth, Jeter made a diving stab to turn a potential extra-base hit into a single. Perez thanked him, but, when he walked Tino Martinez on four pitches with the tying run (Mike Blowers) at third base, Showalter lifted him........

It was all so charming, at the time, to Manager Buck Showalter.
Charming and Buck Showalter in the same sentence? Attributable to literary license or a time warp?

3 comments:

Bye Bye Balboni said...

Is it just me or have Jeter's eyebrows gradually disappeared over the last 15 years? Is that a sign of PED use?

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