Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 46: The Defensive Woes of Derek Jeter

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Derek Jeter stands next to his Monument Park plaque with his wife Hannah during his number retirement ceremony at Yankee Stadium on May 14, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter saw his number retired and was given a rather goofy-looking plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. While most baseball people took this opportunity to praise The Captain for his many accomplishments, Joe Hojnacki had to take the time to rain on that parade and point out the many defensive woes of Derek Jeter. It’s the Boston Red Sox fan coming out of him, that’s for sure.

Greg Hessen takes a more mainstream approach on Jeter, but he has to go back in time to side with Joe Maddon and Jon Lester about the craziness of the new slide rule at second base. There’s also another stupid beanball war afoot, this time between the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays. Joy.

Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 46: The Defensive Woes of Derek Jeter

Music in this Episode:

Intro/Outro: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” sung by Edward Meeker and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by The Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball Club

Break 1: “Bamboo” by the Hard Lessons and a quote from the Seinfeld episode “The Visa”.

Break 2: “The World’s End” by Auto Reverse and a quote from Bull Durham.

Hosted by Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen, Crowding the Plate is a weekly baseball podcast here on Last Word on Sports. It aims to cover the fun, yet analytical, side of baseball once a week.

Joe Hojnacki writes about soccer for Last Word on Sports and is also co-host of the Crowding the Plate Podcast. An avid Red Sox fan, Joe idolizes Bryce Harper and feels that his fun showmanship is the way to save baseball from becoming overrun by old folks, and from dying out.

Greg Hessen is the resident Tigers fan on Crowding the Plate. As somewhat more of a traditionalist, Greg longs for the days of pitchers hitting in the American League and a landscape that doesn’t include things like bat flips and PEDs tarnishing the greatest of all games.

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