Derek Jeter not married to Yankees 0
In the Big Apple, if scientists determined that the end of the world was definitively going to occur next week it would be the second story in the tabloids behind the one that proclaims that Derek Jeter has floated the possibility that he may not be a Yankee for life, that he could play for another team.
In New York, that would truly be a life-altering experience for every diehard Yankees fan.
"Well, if I wanted to keep playing, yes," Jeter said in an interview with ESPN on Thursday when asked if he could envision himself playing somewhere else. "It's a business. People forget that."
The mere thought is a heresy, a blasphemy 10 times worse than posting a picture of the prophet Muhammad.
Next season there is no issue, Jeter is signed for the season and will be paid $17 million to suit up in pinstripes. After that, though, everything is up for grabs.
In 2014, he has a player option worth $8 million, with a $3-million buyout. In 2014 he will also be 40 years of age and the Yankees, one can assume, will have to wonder if further investment in the New York icon is worth it?
Complicating matters is Jeter's performance this season. Instead of slowing down he is having one of his best campaigns ever.
Jeter leads the league in hits with 202, is batting .323 and is currently on a 14-game hitting streak where he is hitting at a .397 clip.
It's almost unthinkable to imagine Jeter in a different uniform but the shortstop has now floated the possibility.
It's another sign the end of the world is right around the corner.
O'S, M'S PUT ON A SHOW
On Tuesday night in Seattle, the Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles played a game that lasted 18 innings, with the O's finally pulling out a 4-2 victory.
Some of the numbers from the game are eye-popping.
To begin with, the game, which took five hours and 44 minutes to play, featured 48 players - 25 from Seattle and 23 Orioles.
In the game, the Orioles had four different players participate at second base - starter Robert Andino as well as Ryan Flaherty, Steve Tolleson and Omar Quintanilla.
Through it all, the Orioles' starting 4-9 hitters went a combined 1-for-37 (including 0-for-7 nights for Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and Mark Reynolds). The lone starter in the bottom half of their lineup to record a hit was Manny Machado and he went 1-for-8.
Finally, between the teams, a total of 535 pitches were thrown - 290 by the Orioles and 245 by the Mariners.
PLAYOFF-BOUND REDS WORRIED ABOUT DUSTY
Both the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals clinched post-season berths with victories on Thursday.
Following the two games, both teams hit the mute bottom as far as celebrations go.
The Reds celebration was muted by the fact they were without their manager, Dusty Baker, who remained in hospital for a second day after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.
"I worry about Dusty and everybody in that clubhouse was really worried last night," bench coach Chris Speier, now serving as the interim manager, said. "You don't just go to the hospital for a cold or anything like that. And I still feel that way. ... My thoughts are more about Dusty than this game."
The Reds are on the verge of clinching the Central Division. If they win Friday and the St. Louis Cardinals lose, the division title is theirs.
"This is just the first step of many," general manager Walt Jocketty said following Thursday's win.
"We've played very successful baseball this year, and we've competed with the best teams at a very high level," Canada's Joey Votto said. "We've done a lot of winning this year, but I think anything but setting the World Series as our standard, I think anything less would be selling ourselves short. Whether we achieve that or not is kind of irrelevant, but that's our goal."
Washington, meanwhile, also wrapped up a playoff spot and is favoured to win the East as it holds a 5 1/2 game lead over Atlanta.
In the post-season, though, the Nationals will be without their No. 1 pitcher as Stephen Strasburg has been shut down for the season due to an innings pitched limit.