Sports - Derek Jeter Hits 3,000 and Makes History

Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees superstar, is on the verge of baseball supremacy, becoming the first player to join the 3,000-hit club wearing pinstripes.  The Yankee captain has already surpassed the immortal Lou Gehrig’s milestone, becoming the hit leader in Yankee history.   On July 9th, Jeter smoked a David Price fastball over the left field fence in the third inning, making him one of the most historical baseball icons of our time.

Jeter’s historical day was truly epic and could not have been scripted any better.    He hit number 3,000 with a homerun going five for five, making him the second player in baseball history to achieve this milestone.  Dwayne Boggs is the only other player to do so.  At age 37, Jeter was the 4th youngest player to achieve the 3,000 hit honor behind Hall-of-Famers Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and Pete Rose.  Only 28 players in major league history have accomplished this unprecedented feat.  His unparalleled five for five made him the second player to do it in extraordinary fashion.  Craig Biggio went 5-6 when he hit his milestone of 3,000.   In addition, Jeter became the 11th player to have all 3,000 hits with one team.

Some of Jeter’s other accomplishments include:  5 Time World Series Champ, 1996 Rookie of the Year, 4 Time Silver Slugger Award Winner, 2000 All Star Game MVP, World Series MVP, 12 Time All-Star, 5 Time Golden Glove Award Winner, and 2009 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award.   In addition, he has (7) 200 plus hit seasons to his credit and a lock for Cooperstown.

Despite the numerous accolades and the extraordinary accomplishments, Derek Jeter is one of the classiest people in all of sports.   You will never hear his name mentioned in any off-the-field incidents and he has never embarrassed himself or the Yankees organization.  Jeter has played the game with class and dignity and is one of the humblest men in the game.  He is truly the consummate professional and ideal role model for all future athletes to emulate.   Even after his monumental hit, Jeter took the time to thank pitcher David Price and the entire Devil Ray team for their patience during his historic celebration.  And when asked how did it feel to get number 3,000, Jeter replied, “I’m truly relieved that it’s over.  I’m excited to do it at Yankee stadium in front of the best fans in the world.  And to achieve this milestone with a win made it ever so sweet!”