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Ain’t It Just Grand?

Well, it finally happened. After 155 career plate appearances with the bases loaded, Derek Jeter hit his first Major League grand slam this afternoon as the Yanks bombed Chicago, 8-1 at the stadium. Emily and I were listening to the game in the car and I called the homer. It’s not like this is the first time I–or any number of Yankee fans, for that matter–have called Jeter’s first grand slam, but it was the first time I was right. The way I figured it, Alex Ciepley was still at the game. I know he was going to leave early so that he could get home in time to get ready for his party tonight, but it was the bottom of the sixth and the game was still close (Yanks 3, Cubs 1). Alex can’t sand Jeter, so I figured it would make perfect sense that Jeter would do something memorable. (For good measure, Jeter added a solo shot in the eighth.)

The crowd went wild and I’m sure the entire scene drove Ciepley out of the Bronx with the quickness. Chien-Ming Wang pitched a beautifully efficient game and the Yanks won their fifth straight.

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1 rbj   ~  Jun 18, 2005 5:15 pm

1.  Nets, I missed the whole game, being at my Aikido test.

2 Jen   ~  Jun 18, 2005 8:24 pm

2.  My dad was saying this morning that Jeter was going to hit a home run because he's been to 2 games this year and he hit one in both (including the walk-off). I laughed it off and told him it would be nice if he did with the bases loaded so we wouldn't have to hear Kay mention it all the time and see that stupid graphic pop-up. He's going with me again tomorrow so we'll see if he really is Jeter's good luck charm.

The beauty of it is that the game was on FOX so Kay didn't even get a chance to call it.


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