I got caught up working late last night and didn't catch a single pitch of the Yankee game. By the time I got home, shortly before ten, it was over. I turned on Baseball Tonight and waited for the score to appear on the crawl. Wouldn't you know it, the Yankee-Toronto game was the last of the AL scores to appear. While I waited I felt sure that the Yankees had won and for a few moments I thought about sure things. Mariano Rivera is as sure as you get, though he's not perfect of course. The Yankees themselves have been a sure thing for a long time too. That isn't the case this year, sure-things don't last forever, but the fact that you can have them, even for a little while, is something to savor.
Still, the longer it took to get to the score the more I started thinking, maybe they lost again.
But they didn't. Andy Pettitte pitched a nice ball game and Derek Jeter had three hits, including a two-run dinger as the Yanks beat the Jays, 5-1. His batting average is up to .298. The Yankee captain is also two hits shy of 2,500 for his career. Even though he's shown signs of decline this year, unless Jeter gets hurt or starts to deteriorate rapidly, he's virtually a sure thing to reach 3,000. If all goes well he could reach the milestone in three more seasons.