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#11 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 25, 2012
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Jeter and the Yankee bench watch his 3,000th hit soar to left field (NY Times)

Derek Jeter3,000th Hit | vs. Tampa Bay Rays | 7/9/2011

It had been years since Derek Jeter was able to surprise us.  At some point his penchant for coming through when we needed him most became an assumed reality.  He was Captain Clutch.  He got it done.

But he found a way to surprise us again, to paralyze us with shock and awe, and cause us to remember again we were watching true greatness every single day.  Single-digit number greatness.  The kind of stuff our dads told us about Mickey Mantle, we’ll tell our boys about #2.

On July 9, 2011 Jeter wrote a script any Hollywood director would cringe over.  It was implausible.  Ridiculously implausible.  Field of Dreams implausible.  Yet, it happened.  Jeter entered the game sitting on 2,998 hits, just 2 shy of becoming the 28th member of one of baseball’s most prestigious clubs.  Facing Tampa Bay’s ace, David Price, Jeter singled to lead off the game on a 3-2 pitch, bringing 48,103 fans within 1 hit of hysteria.

The 3-2… That one’s drilled, deep to left field… going back Joyce, looking up!… SEE YA!  3,000!  History, with an exclamation point!  Oh, what a way to join the 3,000 hit club!  Derek Jeter has done it, in grand style!

| Michael Kay’s call |

Jeter strode to bat in the 3rd on the doorstep of destiny and did what only 1 other man has ever done in baseball history, cracking a 3-2 pitch over the left-centerfield wall to unleash bedlam as the Stadium.  Jorge Posada, his longtime teammate, was the first to give him a bear hug when he crossed the plate while the crowd roared deliriously.  Jeter’s day was far from done though as he doubled in the 5th, singled in the 6th, and singled in the eventual game-winning run in the 8th to go 5-for-5 on the day in a 5-4 Yankee victory.  The only other player to enter the 3,000 hit club on a long ball was Wade Boggs in 1999.  Since that day Jeter has climbed to #11 on the all-time hits list with 3,304, just 11 hits shy of Eddie Collins.

It means a lot.  It’s a number that has meant a lot in the history of the game, because not too many people have done it before.  To be the only Yankee to do it… to be the only Yankee to do anything is pretty special.

| Derek Jeter |

Watch Jeter’s historic blast here.

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