Derek Jeter was taking a whiz when he lost home run bet to Brian Roberts
New York Yankees teammates Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts have both been struggling at the plate thus far this season. Both players are hitting in the mid-200s and have been suffering through a significant power shortage with both Jeter and Roberts having not hit a home run yet.
Roberts managed to get off the snide on Tuesday night in the team’s 4-3 win against the Los Angeles Angels.
After the bullpen blew a one-run lead in the eighth, Roberts stepped to the plate against fireballer Ernesto Frieri with two outs and the Angels one retired batter away from having the chance to break the tie in the bottom of the 9th.
That’s when Roberts hit his first homer of the season, David Robertson shut the door and got the save. Ballgame. Yankees win.
But it’s what occurred before the game that gives Roberts’ round-tripper another level of interest.
Roberts said afterward that he and Jeter were chatting in the outfield before the game when the topic of their respective homer drought came up.
“Me and (Jeter) were joking in (batting practice) today, who was going to be the last one to hit a homer?” Roberts said, via the Star-Ledger. “So I’m glad to put the pressure on him now.”
Given that Roberts sealed the game, Jeter wasn’t allowed to try to match his teammate’s display of power, so that will have to wait until the team’s next game.
But speaking of pressure, Jeter felt an entirely different kind of pressure during Roberts’ at-bat. That is why he was in the clubhouse taking a leak when Roberts hit his homer.
“I missed it, I heard the crowd,’’ Jeter said, via the New York Post. “I heard, ‘Ahhhh.’ Then I heard cheers and then our dugout. The dugout gave it away.’’
Ha. He heard, “Ahhhh.” Funny comment considering he was relieving himself at the time. Actually, that’s just gross. Never mind.