Not many Yankee players have given me as much pleasure and joy to watch and root for, down through the years, as DJ. I wish he had never been seriously hurt, and would be beginning just another year to be followed by two or three more, as his career wound down. Alas, it hasn't happened that way, and we're left watching what we hope will be at least a decent year in his swan song. I wish him a great, last, season!
That being said, however, I'm really disturbed by JG's lineup, which though seemingly not set in stone, has DJ set in the two hole, like the Rock of Gibralter. I've never been a fan of Jetes in the two hole, even when he had his speed, in the prime of his batting years. He's always hit an inordinate amount of groundballs, resulting in double plays, and ended rallies. Now robbed of his youthful speed, hitting grounders is the last thing you want from your two hitter!
In my opinion, perhaps our greatest offensive weapon this year would be Gardner/Ellsbury batting one two--either order! When one on those guys gets on leading off, the oppositions is already in trouble. Steal? Bunt? Hit and Run? Big hole between first and second. With those two, you're not getting a double play--forget it! Lots of first and thirds, with Beltran and McCann putting up big RBI numbers!
With Tex's offense in question, we need that big offensive jump at the top of the lineup. We don't need DJ ending rallies with DPs! Pushing Jetes down to 6-8 won't make much of a difference to that part of the order. If Joe would just explain his reasoning to DJ, class individual as he is, Jetes would understand and want the best for the team.
Loyalty and respect for one of the greatest players of all time is one thing, but if you get down to the final week of the season, and making the playoffs comes down to a game or two, do you really want to be handing away perhaps several games early in the year, for that loyalty and respect? I think even Derek Jeter, himself, would give you an adamant "NO"!