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Gah! Jeter finishes rehab stint in comical flag jersey

Jul 4, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

Derek Jeter

It’s not as bad as Lil Wayne flying his flag shorts at half staff, but it’s still bad. Derek Jeter’s two-game rehab stint with the Trenton Thunder went off with no difficulties, save for this special edition jersey he had to wear on Sunday. If the Founding Fathers could have foreseen this, they might have skipped the entire thing.

Jeter played six innings and went 2-for-4 as the Thunder lost to the Altoona Curve 8-1, and heads to Cleveland tonight to rejoin the Yankees. Jeter, rehabbing an injured calf, helped the Thunder set a franchise attendance record on Sunday at 9,212. The previous record? May 23, 2007, when 9,134 showed up for a rehab assignment by Roger Clemens.

Jeter’s effort included a bunt single he called himself because, according to the New York Daily News, he couldn’t figure out the Thunders’ signs.

“The last two days, he’s had a chance to do a lot of different things – sliding into second base, beating out a bunt, some defensive plays that were challenging, or a stop-start play,” Brian Cashman said, adding that Jeter would have played another inning if the game hadn’t been halted by a rain delay. “There was a lot of different things to contest that calf. He passed with flying colors.”

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Derek Jeter returning to New York Yankees after injury-free rehab assignment with Trenton Thunder [New York Daily News]

  1. goforthanddie - Jul 4, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    What’s wrong with the jersey? Anyone remember the old Astros uniforms? THOSE were a joke.

  2. cleanslaton - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    I think the problem with the jerseys is that in their haphazard attempt at patriotism–they ignored the fact that red, white & blue with stars–looks as much like ‘Old Glory’ as it does a uniform jersey for a Dominican League team or a Lee Greenwood stage shirt.

    I think our flag doesn’t need to be cut up and turned into a jersey, that’s why these uni’s look like crap. Even filling in the lettering with U.S. flag [a la the MLB] is much cooler than the Thunder’s eyesores.