Derek Jeter's solo home run in the 3rd inning off Tampa starter David Price was his 3,000th career hit. July 9, 2011 will forever be remembered in New York. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
27 championships, 40 American League pennants, countless All-Stars and MVPs. Even a 500 home run hitter and 300-game winning pitcher. But never in Yankees history has a player earned 3,000 hits.
That is, until Derek Jeter busted onto the scene in 1995. Since then, Jeter singled, doubled, tripled and homered his way into Yankees history. With five rings, 12 All-Stars, five Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers, a Rookie of the Year award and All-Star Game and World Series MVP award, the 3,000th hit was the cherry on top.
Jeter’s hit came off Tampa Bay Rays starter David Price in the third inning. But The Captain did it in style, hitting a solo home run on the eighth pitch of his at-bat. The Yankees bench and bull pen ran out onto the field, greeting Jeter. After play was halted for several minutes to celebrate Jeter’s milestone, he saluted the crowd.
Jeter became the 28th player to get to 3,000 hits. He became the fifth player to wear Yankees pinstripes – Wade Bogss, Ricky Henderson, Paul Waner and Dave Winfield – but the first to do it playing his entire career in the Bronx.
This solidified Jeter’s spot in Cooperstown, Memorial Park at Yankee Stadium and his No. 2 to be retired once he hangs up his cleats. But most importantly, it stamped a permanent imprint in the hearts of Yankees fans forever.
As a baseball fan, I congratulate Derek Jeter.