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Yanks captain chases hits milestone July 8, 2011

Posted by Edwin Ritter in Grab Bag, Trends.
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New York Yankee captain and all-star short stop, Derek Jeter, is closing in on baseball history. He is 2 hits shy of 3,000 for his career and is the only Yankee, current or past, to reach this milestone. During a homestand this weekend against division rivals Tampa Bay,  it is likely that Derek will get the 2 hits he needs to reach this next achievement in his future hall of fame career. In all of baseball, Jeter will be only the 28th player to have 3000 hits. Derek is that exceedingly rare MLB player who has only played for the New York Yankees his entire career.

Chasing 3K hits

Jeter 2 shy of 3000 career hits

As usual, the captain is not talking too much about this significant event. He is focused on helping his team win games. Yet, they have only won 1 game in 5 since his return. It is hard not to be distracted when an HBO film crew is dogging you and the team.

Jeter has just come off the disabled list earlier this week. During that time, the Yanks were 17-3. Now that he is back in the line up, he will play every day until the All-Star break next week.

I hope he gets his 3,000th hit on Saturday. I will be watching the Yanks playing a day game, with history on deck.

What could be more American than that?


1. Chris Ross - July 8, 2011

Great post. It’s really exciting to see Jeter about to hit 3000. He’s one of those transcendent, once in a generation stars that will live on forever. He is a classic Yankee great who we look back on in 50 years as a DiMaggio, Mantle or Ruth kind of guy. I mean, even spell check tells me to put a capital M for DiMaggio. That’s what Jeter is like. He’s a sparkly personality that you really cheer for. He’s the only Yankee that I’ve really cared for in my, albeit short, lifetime. He really deserves this because he’s been such a class guy to the organization. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I really want to know what you think. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/what-does-derek-jeters-milestone-signify/

Edwin Ritter - July 8, 2011

Thanks, Chris. The fab 4 is now the 3 amigos and of those, Jorge is mostly a DH this year. We will enjoy the moment when it happens. We like star players to be consistent and ageless despite the reality that we get older. Your take on how the Yanks treat him after 3k hits is a good one. Wondered about that myself – what the best place for him in the line up? 7th?

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