Derek Jeter, Yankees discussed 2004 ALCS in ESPN documentary

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“There’s no more embarrassing way to lose a streak. I don’t think there’s anything in the world that can top that.”

Kevin Millar and Manny Ramirez at the 2004 Red Sox victory parade. Ramirez holds the famous ‘Jeter plays golf today’ sign. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

The Red Sox lost to the Royals 7-3 on Thursday. Boston will face Kansas City again tonight at 8:10 p.m.

This weekend, the Revolution will be in Florida to face Orlando City on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Also on Saturday, former Patriot Richard Seymour will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (ceremony begins at 12 p.m.)

Derek Jeter and the Yankees look back on 2004: Although ESPN’s recent seven-part documentary series about former Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter has been criticized for being banal, there are still moments of real candor.

One such point in the documentary – titled “The Captain” – is in episode four when Jeter (and other former Yankees) detailed how they reacted after the shocking loss to the Red Sox in the Championship Series. of the 2004 American League.

After dominating the Red Sox for decades, New York lost a 3-0 series lead, ultimately losing to Boston in what was a historic slump.

“For all the success we had against the Red Sox, I think 2004 made up for it all for them,” admitted former outfielder Bernie Williams. “There’s no more embarrassing way to lose a streak. I don’t think there’s anything in the world that can top that.

“It’s misery, you know,” Jeter said of the aftermath. “I have a stomach ache.”

After noting that the Red Sox won the World Series (in a sweep over the Cardinals), Jeter recalled how Boston outfielder Manny Ramirez held up a sign during the team’s Duck Boat victory parade. who said, “Jeter is playing golf today, it’s better.”

“Somebody sent it to me,” Jeter said of the photo of Ramirez with the sign. “So yeah, it made me sick.”

Anecdotes: Derek Jeter finished with an unusually low batting average in the 2004 ALCS, hitting just .200. Which Yankee had the highest average in this series?

(Answer below).

Hint: In his second Major League season at age 30, he hit .412 in the series in what was ultimately a losing effort.

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