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Jeter Gets to 3,000 & Beyond

By on 7.11.11 | 12:07AM

For the past several days I have been in rural Maine without an internet connection. Thus I have not been on top of things in the way in which I am accustomed. Not that I'm complaining about spending a few days in a cottage looking out at the Atlantic. Still, I do like to know what is going on here and abroad.

I was, however, able to get Red Sox games on the radio. When I checked the score of Saturday's Red Sox-Orioles game, I learned that New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter attained his 3,000th hit by way of a homerun. He is only the second MLB player to hit a homerun for his 3,000th hit. The other was Jeter's ex-Yankee teammate Wade Boggs who did it in 1998 with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Although Jeter has had a subpar season, he rose to the occasion and went 5 for 5 including a game winning hit against the Tampa Bay Rays. Add a hit he had today and he has 3,004 for his career. With all the great Yankees who have come before him, Jeter is the only one who reached 3,000 in pinstripes.

Here's something I wrote about Jeter after he passed Lou Gehrig as the Yankees all-time hit leader in September 2009.

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