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Yanks captain chases hits milestone July 8, 2011

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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?

Yankee history made as Jeter ties hits record September 10, 2009

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Like millions of other fans, I watched baseball history unfold  during last night’s  Yankee game. Derek Jeter, the team captain, tied a franchise record for most hits with 2,721. The 72 year old record was held by another famous Yankee captain, Lou Gehrig***. Gehrig is known as the ‘Iron Horse’ and the ‘Pride of the Yankees’.  He played alongside Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio toward the end of his career. There is a great movie about him with Gary Cooper in the lead role.

A brief  game recap describes how he got those three hits. As luck would have it, on the same day last year in the old stadium, Jeter tied Babe Ruth for hits as a Yankee. You don’t have to be a Yankee fan to know about the chase for the hits record. Jeter has been closing on this record for a while.

26 time World Champions

26 time World Champions

Derek was in a bit of a hitting slump, going 0-12 in the last few games.  Last night, he started with a bunt single to get his 1st hit. He had two more hits in the game, the last one to tie the record at 2721.  Currently tied with Gehrig, he passed Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth for most hits by a Yankee. He is certainly a future member of the baseball Hall of Fame. As one of the most respected players in the game, Cap’n Jeter is in some very famous company these days.

Making baseball history and tying the record, I’m sure Jeter will remember this game for a long time.  It is a definite certainty that Derek will surpass this record.  From now on, each additional hit is a record high for a Yankee. A benchmark for future players to measure themselves against. I salute the Yankee captain and hope he holds this record for a long time.  Congratulations Derek!

***Gehrig’s life was shortended by Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and is commonly referrd to as ‘Lou Gehrig’s disease’ .  Learn about the walk to defeat ALS from the ALS association. More on Gehring available here on the NYT site.