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.