On Friday, I asked Derek Jeter if it would be special to pass Paul Molitor for ninth place on the all-time hits list. Jeter was four hits shy of Molitor at the time, and I was curious if it would mean anything more to overtake a Hall of Famer against whom he once competed.
As I expected, Jeter mostly shrugged off the question, saying he only thought about such milestones when reporters asked. He recalled that Molitor was good to him as a young player. But he said of his hit total, "It's the last thing I'm thinking about, given the year I've had."
Referring, of course, to his injuries.
Jeter is consumed with the Yankees winning - that is how he broke his left ankle in the first place, trying to play while physically compromised. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman calls him the "king of toughness" for good reason. But now it might be time for Jeter to turn selfish and focus on his recovery, even if it means missing the rest of the season.
I say, "might," because these decisions...