The folks who runs the electronics at Yankee Stadium were at no loss of stuff to put on the scoreboard during the one-hour plus Tuesday’s game between the A’s and the Yankees was delayed by rain.
They ran video clips and interviews about past Yankee glories, of which there are many to choose. One they kept coming back to was Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit.
It was back on July 9, 2011 in Yankee Stadium with the Yankees matched up against the Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price. The big left-hander tried to throw a 3-2 curve to Jeter in the third inning, but the veteran shortstop wasn’t fooled and deposited into the left field cheap seats.
That moment has a special meaning for A’s catcher John Jaso. If you watch the video, you can see it was Jaso who was Price’s catcher that day.
And it was Jaso who tried to talk Price out of throwing the curve that made Jeter the first player in Yankees history to get to 3,000 hits.
“I didn’t call the curve,’’ Jaso told me Tuesday afternoon. “I called for a fastball, inside. Price shook me off. I called for another fastball. He shook me off again. I called for a curve. Jeter hit it about 10 rows deep.’’
Ever since then, whenever Jaso and Jeter see each other, “I tell him he owes me,’’ Jaso said with a laugh. “I should get an autographed bat, or something.’’
This season is scheduled to be Jeter’s finale.
“I guess I better get after him again this week,’’ Jaso said. “Time’s running out.’’