Saturday, July 9, 2011
Jeter became the 28th player to reach the historic plateau, belting the eighth pitch of his third-inning at-bat against the left-handed Price into the left-field seats on a sun-splashed afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees’ bench and bullpen emptied to greet Jeter as he rounded the bases and touched home plate, and the Rays’ players spilled onto the field out of the visitors’ dugout, applauding Jeter’s achievement as the scoreboard flashed, “Congratulations, Derek.”
We can be a cynical lot here at times, myself as bad as anyone, but if you didn’t enjoy the way Jeter got his 3000th hit and went 5 for 5 and drove in the winning run in the same game, you should probably pick something else to watch.
I tend to be forward-thinking here, but it’s not a bad day to think back to the player that Jeter once was, a player that we got a glimpse of today. We’ve been lucky to have him on our favorite team, warts and all.
That may not be true post-April 2010, but we can worry about that again tomorrow.
Jeter’s post-game interview with Kim Jones seemed like the most heart-felt and genuine one I’ve ever seen him give. He seemed genuinely emotional and that was kind of cool too.
Congratulations to Jeter. Now let’s get to 4192.
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