Yankees The Latest Victims Of The SI Jinx
The Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay was lucky enough to have his Sports Illustrated jinx last for only one spring training game. The New York Yankees have not been so fortunate. And to make matters worse, the May 3, 2010 issue of the popular sports magazine featured not one, but four of the Bronx Bombers’ top players.
So how has gracing the cover of SI treated Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte thus far? Let’s just say that not even the boys in pinstripes are immune to some bad luck.
As of yesterday, the names of three of the four cover boys could be found on the Yankees’ injury report. Rivera has been sidelined with stiffness in his left side, Posada was out with a mild calf strain, and Pettitte was forced to leave yesterday’s game and has been listed as day-to-day with an inflamed left elbow. Derek Jeter appears to be the only one surviving his SI cover experience.
Thankfully, the jinx has only affected the health of the players featured on the magazine, and not the team’s record (they have won four in a row). However, they may want to consider avoiding SI covers for the remainder of the season. If they can do that, the Yankees may once again find themselves featured on the cover in November, as World Series champions.