Both of those motherfuckers. Unreal. Whether it's Gregg lambasting Mike Gundy for allegedly showing poor sportsmanship against Savannah State, when Savannah State's coach went on the goddamn record after the game and thanked Gundy for the way Gundy handled things, or Simmons's douchechilling appearance on PTI (summarized by Bill Brown in the comments to my last post), they're both too much for me to handle right now. Instead, let's let Richard Justice have the spotlight.
Ageless Jeter Worthy of MVP Consideration
There will be writers prepared to give Jeter MVP votes well after he retires, but wanting to put him in the conversation this year is only slightly less silly than that.
There can't be a conversation about the American League's Most Valuable Player Award without including Derek Jeter,
Jeter is leading the AL in hits
His defense at short has been terrific, as usual.
He's part of what appears to be a close race for the AL MVP Award.
Trout is especially interesting because he didn't come to the big leagues until April 28 but immediately ignited the Angels. They're 68-49 with him in the starting lineup, and he's leading the AL in batting average, runs and stolen bases. Trout is second in OPS, third in OBP and fifth in triples. He has also played a spectacular center field, and with the numbers so close, it might be what decides it.
Cabrera is right there, too, leading the AL in OPS and slugging and second in batting average, RBIs and hits. He's fourth in runs and home runs.
And there's Hamilton. Despite hitting .202 in June and July, he's leading the AL in home runs and RBIs and is second in runs and fourth in OPS. Also, the Rangers are leading the Major Leagues in runs and have been in first place in the AL West for all but two days. Their lead hasn't been less than three games since April 15.
The case for Jeter is this:
• Doing his job at the top of the lineup spectacularly well.
• Playing nice defense.
• Being at his best when the pressure is cranked up the most,
Regardless of how it plays out, it's fun just having Jeter in the discussion.
There was a time last season when it looked like Jeter's best days might be over,
If someone ranked every player the last 100 years in terms of winning, production and citizenship,
And then it goes on for a while longer. Apparently all you need to do to insert Jeter into an MVP conversation these days is 1) make sure he's hitting over .300 2) claim he's playing great defense, what, is anyone going to be able to definitively prove you wrong? 3) note the fact that the Yankees and their $10 kajillion payroll are in playoff contention and finally 4) spit some boilerplate about playing the citizenship the right way or some shit like that. It's that simple. Oh, in closing:
Andy Pettitte considers Jeter both a friend and a teammate.
"I mean, he's just the same every day," Pettitte said. "He's out there doing his job,