November 02, 2009
On the Jeter Two-Strike Bunt
Of course, this was the situation when Derek Jeter decided to bunt in Game 2 of the World Series. Nobody out. Two on. Two strikes. Yankees ahead two runs. Jeter would later admit in his own understated way that it was dumb to try and bunt there (he bunted foul for strike three), but, of course, “dumb” doesn’t begin to cover the lunacy of that bunt attempt. It is dumb to send an insulting text message to the insult-target by mistake. It is dumb for the Coyote to keep buying his Road Runner hunting products from the Acme Corporation. It is dumb to pull on Superman’s cape, to spit in the wind, to tell Batman your villainous plan when you have him captured, to give Gilligan some sort of meaningful role the rescue mission. That bunt wasn’t dumb. It was closer to a nervous breakdown.
Posted by Stephen Silver at November 2, 2009 12:25 AM
Fox is gushing over Jeter, and every time he's on TV, he's doing weird stuff. I couldn't get over how he insisted on distracting Sabathia with a runner on second and 2-outs.