Jeter Retiring!

Derek Jeter has announced that this will be his last season playing major league baseball.  From his statement:

“And the thing is, I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball.”

Jeter will turn 40 this June.

Quote of the Day

“Derek Jeter desperately wants to return to the Bronx, leaving his Triple-A team behind him.

“He should be careful what he wishes for.

“Had Jeter been at the Stadium on Monday, he might have thought he was still in Scranton. The bottom four spots in the Yankees’ lineup were occupied by Travis Ishikawa, Luis Cruz, Alberto Gonzalez and Austin Romine.

“Let me say that again.

“Travis Ishikawa, Luis Cruz, Alberto Gonzalez and Austin Romine.

“Ladies and gentlemen, your New York Yankees!”

Mark Feinsand, New York Daily News

At least the folks in Scranton are paying ticket prices in line with the team they’re seeing, at Yankee Stadium they’re paying the highest prices in major league baseball to watch that crappy lineup.

A Bargain for the Yankees

Andy Pettitte arrived for Yankees’ spring training as a guest instructor and decided to stay.  The Yankees always welcome their prodigal sons with open arms and a big feast.  Especially those who have won 19 postseason games.

If — a big if — he works out, he could be one of the great pitching bargains of the decade.  He has a one-year, nonguaranteed, minor-league contract with no incentives for $2.5 million.  If he doesn’t work out, that’s chump change for the Yankees.

If Pettitte makes it back to the majors, which they’re hoping for by early May, he and Jeter and Mo will have one more year together.  Maybe one more postseason, maybe one more championship.