Derek Jeter makes a mental gaffe to give Mariners a cheap triple

Derek Jeter makes a mental gaffe to give Mariners a cheap triple

Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) returns to the dugout during the fifth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium on June 2, 2014.

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by TED BERG / USA TODAY Sports 'For The Win'

KING5.com

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 3 at 11:28 AM

With the Yankees down, 1-0, in the fourth inning of their matchup with the Mariners in the Bronx on Monday, shortstop Derek Jeter committed a mental gaffe that put Kyle Seager on third base with a triple.

Seager popped the ball into no-man’s land in short left field near the foul line. Outfielder Brett Gardner made a diving effort for the ball, but it hit off his glove and rolled into foul territory.

Jeter, apparently thinking the ball was foul, scooped it up and stood with his back to the play for a few moments as Seager hustled around second and headed for third. By the time Jeter realized the ball was live and threw to the base, Seager was safe with a very cheap triple.

Many delight in Yankees’ struggles, which is understandable because they’re generally always excellent and extraordinarily well-paid. And Jeter, especially, gets such an absurd amount of positive press for his class and grittiness and hustle that it’s fun to knock him down a few pegs whenever he fouls up.

But there’s something kind of sad about the look on his face when he turns and realizes the ball was fair. This season is just not going very well for Derek Jeter. Maybe it’s all some sort of karmic comeuppance for the unqualified love he’s received in spite of his now perennially lousy defense. Or maybe it’s a soon-to-be 40-year-old Hall of Famer in his last days in the Majors watching as the game slips away from him.

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Seager scored later in the inning. The Mariners went on to win, 10-2.

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