Saturday, July 9, 2011
New York Yankees Derek Jeter Homered His 3000th Career Hit
As the clock struck TWO on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx, No. 2 got his second hit of the game and the 3,000Th of his career. It was a monstrous 420-foot home run to left field. Jeter is the active leader in hits and the first player to collect his 3,000Th since Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros in 2007. Jeter is also the first Yankee to achieve the milestone at the new Yankee Stadium, and the fourth youngest player to do it. Only Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Robin Yount joined the club at a younger age than Jeter, who turned 37 last month. Jeter joins Wade Boggs as the only players to reach the milestone with a home run, and joins Craig Biggio in history as the only players to reach 3,000 hits during a five-hit game.
It will go down as one of the most remarkable days in the long history of remarkable Jeter days. Derek Jeter is just the 28Th player to reach 3,000 hits and the first Yankee to reach the milestone. All of the 48,000 fans at Yankee Stadium will long remember this performance and it’s especially sweet, Jeter conceded, to reach 3,000 during what has been the most trying season of his career. Jeter entered the day batting just .257, and at age 37, has heard plenty of calls for him to play a reduced role on a team that has designs on a championship. As the heart of the Yankees, Jeter will not be sidelined. The team needs Jeter and Jeter needs the team. Jeter will be immortalize with other great Yankees like Babe Ruth, Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Lou Gerig.
A fitting crown for the captain. The homerun that capped Derek Jeter's 3000 hit was his first at Yankee Stadium this year. Hollywood could not scripted this any better!