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New York Daily News reporter Anthony McCarron, and other members of the aggressive New York sports media, got a surprising response from Derek Jeter, the shortstop for the New York Yankees, when they peppered him with a series of questions about his sluggish numbers at the beginning of the 2002 season. Jeter’s numbers were below his normal averages and, in response to questions about them, Jeter gave the following response, I don’t care about those numbers as long as I win. There are ways to win that you don’t get numbers for. If you hit a ground ball to move a guy over from second to third, and then the next guy hits a ground ball and gets an RBI, you don’t hear about the guy who moved the runner over. I'm hitting second, and some of those other [big-named shortstops] are batting third. Part of my job is moving guys over and scoring runs (Jeter in Kuehl, Kuehl, & Tefertiller, 2005, p. 64).