Mike Gallego was the last Yankees’ player to wear No. 2 before Derek Jeter made that number historic.
One of the many universal rules in baseball is that all rookies learn some tough lessons from the men who came before.
Even if you are Derek Jeter, even if the team is the Yankees and even if you were the team’s first-round draft pick.
Jeter came to came to the spring camp with the Yankees in 1994, 18 months after New York had used the sixth pick in the draft to take him. He was just 20, and he was a long time away from wearing his No. 2.
In fact, No. 2 at the time was worn by current A’s third base coach Mike Gallego, at that point in his final year as the Yankees shortstop.
Gallego got an email Friday from his daughter, Allison. It seems she’d found Instagram an interview from 1995 when Jeter talked about his Gallego in the spring of 1994 asking him how old he was and if he had a girlfriend.
John Jaso was behind the plate for Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit back in 2011.
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.
The A’s have been very good at deflecting pressure, putting one foot in front of the other and moving on a very orderly path through the 2013 season.
Does all that change now, with the season down to one game?
They won’t want to admit it, but yes it does.
Just not so much for the players. Most of them went through the disappointment of losing in Game 5 of the 2012 playoffs to Detroit and Justin Verlander, and they know the obstacle the Tigers are.