Jeter, overmatched but not outclassed

Jeter had a few pre-game chuckles with a few Orioles before Tuesday's game, but the way the game ended was anything but a smiling matter.

Jeter had a few pre-game chuckles with a few Orioles before Tuesday’s game, but the way the game ended was anything but a smiling matter.

In microcosm, Derek Jeter’s final at-bat Tuesday night slammed home both the point of what he’s no longer able to do and that the Yankees can’t afford even a single loss in their final five games if they want to get to the postseason even through the back door. For in a moment that once might have meant a final bell miracle, Jeter was hopelessly, almost embarrassingly overmatched.