September 9, 2009

This is about Jeter - not for the haters


Derek Jeter tied the Yankees all-time hit record tonight with a single in the 7th inning of Wednesday's game. He tied Lou Gehrig, one of the all-time great Yankees.

Jeter did it in front of a packed house and I was slightly disappointed I wasn't there. However, I've been at Yankee Stadium for many amazing moments in Yankees history.

The video of the hit can be viewed here on Yankees.com.

I remember when Jeter first made a mark with the Yankees in 1996 (even though he came in 1995). There was a big article in Sports Illustrated about the two newest New York short stops: Jeter and Rey Ordonez.

he article, if I recall correctly, gave the edge to Ordonez and I was intrigued by both of these men. However, only one really had my heart.

Jeter came up with a class of good shortstops, which included Ordonez, Alex Rodriguez, Alex Gonzalez, Edgar Renteria and Nomar Garciaparra.

He wasn't the best player of that group. Jeter still isn't. But one thing the Yankees captain had going for him is his consistent play ever since he started in 1996. Jeter has been reliable ever since and in the big moment, no one would rather see Jeter more than any other current Yankee.

I was there when Jeter dived into the stands against the Red Sox. I'll never forget that game.

Hopefully, there will still be several more years of Derek Jeter in a Yankees uniform.

Congratulations!

8 comments:

  1. The hooplah is hilarious. The only thing Jeter has going for him is being the Yankees franchise leader in ABs.

    Hits are incredibly overrated, unless of course you put together an insane streak of 'em.

    I'm by no means a Yankee fan, but I am a baseball fan. I appreciate longevity, but I also appreciate an OBP over .400 and a SLG percentage over .500 -- like all of the other Yankee greats. We'll let Joe D's .397 OBP slide...for NOW!

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  2. Congrats to Jeter. To lead a franchise as storied as the Yankees in any catagory is remarkable.

    Justin G.
    Orioles Fan

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  3. I'm happy for you. It's always great when one of your heroes or favorites accomplishes something of significance.

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  4. I saw the tying hit on ESPN. The announcers did a good job of staying quiet during the at bat and after the hit. The crowd reaction said it all.

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  5. I think its more crazy to me that there isnt a Yankee who has 3000 hits. So weird.

    I dont think this "accomplishment" warranted the craziness it received. Its a team record for god's sake, when was the last time a team record got this type of consideration?

    "Eastcoast Sports Promotion Network"

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  6. I haven't paid much attention to the national hype surrounding it. I get too caught up in my own world and rarely watch ESPN for something outside of a sporting event.

    That said, I don't know about team records, but there have been things I've questioned such as Fox showing every one of Manny Ramirez's at-bats when he came back from being suspended for PEDs.

    And, it wasn't as though Jeter was breaking Steve Sax's record. It was Lou Gehrig, a name that will forever be remembered in baseball lore.

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  7. I think Jeter is worthy of a top ten spot on everyones list..

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  8. I think the greatest thing about Jeter is that he is a winner and only cares about the team. I can assure you that he would trade 1000hits if it meant the team would be more successful.
    That is the huge difference between him and A-Rod. A-Rod values personal statistics and glory above team success and glory.

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