This new-found knowledge was gleaned after going to those sites to bask in the warm glow of a fine Jeter start at the plate. Who knows how many good times there will be with the Yankees’ captain. At the plate, he has looked like the Derek Jeter of old and is hitting the ball with authority and spraying it to all parts of the yard. Maybe it is a swan song. Maybe it is just a continuation of last year’s second half and Derek Jeter is not quite finished with being a good offensive player. We all know this won’t last, right? And if it does, it will seem such a surprise that we will not know how to talk about it.
But instead of being able to glow in the moment, we are hit with those defensive metrics. And we are hit squarely in the nose with them. The brain knows that the numbers are rational and compiled without bias. Whatever fielding metrics are based on, they are based on logic and not with some sort of conspiracy sect behind them. But the heart screams, “No fair!” Those of us with Jeter-love know he is not a great shortstop. Most of us know that he is not even a good one. But still. A lost win plus for the Yankees in just eight games? Ouch. That hurts. To our Jeter-hearts, a -2.3 UZR and a -1.2 dWAR just seem like piling on. He cannot be that bad, can he?