Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
April 1, 2003
BASEBALL: DON'T MAKE THE LAST OUT OF THE SEASON AT THIRD BASE

Especially on Opening Day. I'll look closer at this later . . . the injury to Derek Jeter's shoulder -- whose seriousness has yet to be fully determined -- pretty much moots my AL East predictions (as well as destroying my rotisserie team, but that's another story). Without Jeter for a substantial period of time, I think the Yankees' advantage over Boston slips to nothing (even granting some healthy sketicism after yesterday about the Red Sox' bullpen). It also cuts down further -- to 5, I think -- the number of guys on the Yankees' active roster who have won a World Championship in a Yankee uniform. How quickly things change. If Steinbrenner wanted to motivate Jeter to hustle more, he's got his wish . . . this looks like another argument against the headfirst slide (sliding headfirst into a base other than home, with a catcher guarding the bag, seems like a worst-case scenario).

I used to be a fan of Enrique Wilson, who will presumably get the starting job now, but Wilson hasn't hit a lick in two years.

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