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Jeter could land on DL; proud of career

Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:22 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 3:33 pm
 
Jeter

By Evan Brunell


In a rare interview, Derek Jeter appeared on ESPN New York before Monday night's game to chat about his chase to hit No. 3,000.

Jeter, who collected a single before leaving Monday's game with a calf strain that could land him on the disabled list, said he's trying to enjoy the chase to 3,000. That chase will likely have to be delayed as Ramiro Pena was spotted Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, which would indicate Jeter going on the DL.

"It’s something that I’m proud of, I’m proud that I’m to this point, but I’ve still got a long ways to go,” Jeter said in a transcript provided by Sports Radio Interviews. “I never take anything for granted. You saw that Bernie Mac movie where they took one of his hits away, and 'Mr. 3000' ended up with 2,999, so you’re never sure until it happens."

Jeter admitted he has thought about getting the 3,000-hit milestone, especially after hit No. 2,000 -- but that it's never been a goal. Rather, the goal is to be consistent.

"It takes a long time; you have to be durable; you have to be consistent," Jeter said. "One stat I don’t think most people hit is the 200-hit plateau; well you have to do that every year for 15 years in order to get to 3,000. This is my 16th year, so I’m happy. You have to be consistent obviously to have an opportunity to do it. It’s something I’m proud of. I’m proud of the fact I’m close, and I hope I can get there soon.”

Jeter also spoke about his team, saying that inconsistency and a plethora of injuries have made it tough for New York to hang in there -- "but I like where we’re at right now. Yeah there’s a lot of room for improvement, but we could be in a whole lot worse shape. I think everyone here is working hard, and with some guys down other guys are going to have to step up. But I like how we’ve been playing."

He also sees a parallel between the Miami Heat, who lost the NBA Finals on Sunday, and the Yankees.

"They became the talk of the NBA. You either love ‘em or hate ‘em, which is very similar to our team," Jeter said. "So that team got a lot of attention, and hey, they had a good year. Like you said before, it’s not easy to win, a lot of things have to go right. If you have a good team with good players, you’re going to have an opportunity to win, but that doesn’t mean you’re just going to go out on the court and beat every team you play.”

Here's guessing Jeter hopes to avoid one more parallel to Miami: losing the 2011 postseason.

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Jeter could land on DL; proud of career

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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Jeter could land on DL; proud of career

Actually, I don't love or hate the Yankees. I'm pretty neutral about them. As for Jeter, he should be proud of his career. He should also retire sooner than later.



Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Jeter could land on DL; proud of career

And so we now see the demise of Jeter! The injury bug starts and you know what happens next, it never quits!



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