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Jeter gets hit No. 3,000

Posted on: July 9, 2011 2:08 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 5:29 pm
 
Derek Jeter

By Evan Brunell


The Jeter Watch comes to an end as the longtime Yankees shortstop rifled a home run on a full count from David Price into left field for his 3,000th hit, just the second time anyone has ever hit a homer for the milestone that only 27 other players have reached. But Jeter didn't just settle for 3,000, a five-hit day propelled him to 3,003 for his career.

"Hitting a home run was the last thing I was thinking about," Jeter said. "Something I will remember for the rest of my life."

More importantly, his fifth hit was an RBI single to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning over the Rays. Mariano Rivera, who made his debut with the Yankees in the same year as Jeter, picked up his 22nd save to give the Yankees the victory on what was Jeter's day in every sense of the word.

In the third inning, Jeter fought Price to a full count in the bottom of the third with one out by looking at a fastball low for a ball, then seeing an outside strike on a breaking ball called. Another low fastball for a ball followed before he rifled a breaking pitch foul. Yet again, he passed on a low fastball for a ball then rifled two straight foul balls before driving the next pitch into the bleachers to become the first Yankee ever to reach the coveted milestone. You can see the pitch breakdown in the graphic on the right, courtesy MLB.com's GameDay, with No. 8 signifying the home run.

Watch Jeter's 3,000th hit here. 

Strike zoneOther than Jeter, only Wade Boggs of the Rays has hit a home run for his 3,000th hit, and Jeter is the 11th player to earn all 3,000 with the same club.

 "Congratulations, first of all, to Derek Jeter on joining the 3,000 hit club. It is an exclusive honor, achieved by only a select group, that not many people can call their own. It is a monumental achievement," Boggs said in a statement. "I had the opportunity to play with Derek when he was a rookie in 1996, and I had no doubts that Derek would reach this milestone. He is a very consistent player and he never deviated from his game."

As Jeter headed to first, Casey Kotchman tipped his cap upon rounding first base in a classy gesture. The Rays, who had voted not to play a split double-header today in what some felt was a gambit to avoid Jeter getting 3,000 against the team, applauded on both the field and bench -- including Jeter's former teammate in Johnny Damon -- as the Yankees spent several minutes congratulating Jeter, with Jorge Posada, a longtime close friend, embracing him with a bear hug.

 "It was tremendous," Jeter's father, Charles, told YES. "I can't describe how I was feeling. ... Very emotional for me, very happy for him."

No. 2,999 had come in the first inning, with a groundball single to lead off the game. Prior to Jeter's homer, Brett Gardner just narrowly missed a safe call at first on his own groundout, and Mark Teixeira followed Jeter with a groundball into left field. It is currently tied 1-1, as Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce hit a home run in the second.

Jeter led off the fifth with a double and singled in the sixth before recording his fifth hit in the eighth. It was his third career five-hit game and first since June 21, 2005. He became the second player to have five hits in the same game that he recorded his 3,000th career hit, joining Craig Biggio who had five hits when he joined the club in 2007.

Jeter's milestone hits
Hit Date Details Pitcher
No. 1 May 30, 1995 Single at Mariners Tim Belcher
No. 1,000 September 25, 2000 Single vs. Tigers Steve Sparks
No. 2,000 May 26, 2006 Single vs. Royals Scott Elarton
No. 2,722 September 11, 2009 Single vs. Orioles Chris Tillman
No. 3,000 July 9, 2011 Home run vs. Rays David Price

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hotmeuly
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:04 am
 

Jeter gets hit No. 3,000

Excellent for is scouting around internet online business over again, it's a few months to do.



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Jeter gets hit No. 3,000

er that was in reply to  several pages back. forgot to quote



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:18 pm
 

Jeter gets hit No. 3,000

yeah i read about the fan afterwards, just wanted to hand him the ball himself and get a pic. Topps is supposedly making an actual baseball card of the fan as well.

nice of the guy to do that though now supposedly the IRS may be going after him for about 15K in taxes after what the Yankees did give him. though several groups/businesses have stepped up offering to pay any taxes he may get hit with. also some are trying to say that as a gift he's not resposnible for taxes on it.

what's that saying about no good deed going unpunished again?



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:10 am
 

Jeter gets hit No. 3,000

completely incapable of having a conversation there mai?

thanks for participating....



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Jeter gets hit No. 3,000


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osted on: July 9, 2011 11:55 pmScore: 113 

Jeter gets hit No. 3,000

From a Red Sox Fan who is well aware how much Roids/HDH was used by it's own players throughout the Roids/HGH era.

One has to wonder how Roids/HGH played into the success of Jeter.

Jeter has never been suspected of anything and is not a home run hitter, so this thought is utterly ridiculous???

On the other hand, how much juice do you think Manny, Poopi, Mueller, Nixon, Schilling, Papebum, etc. were on that helped you guys win those two series. I think that without all of that juice, you guys would be closing in on 100 years and counting.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:55 pm
 

Jeter gets hit No. 3,000

From a Red Sox Fan who is well aware how much Roids/HDH was used by it's own players throughout the Roids/HGH era.

One has to wonder how Roids/HGH played into the success of Jeter.

Wonder being the key work there folks.  If you think I am being negative then you are being Naive.  I'm just curious and am not being critical.  It is/was the age and it is/was what people were doing and Jeter is/was surrounded by some, if not the most infamous of abusers out there.

That said, major congrats for the accomplishment Jeter.  You showed up for work a lot more prepared over the years than your fellows.  Good job.

Mahalo!

~s

Laughing



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Jeter gets hit No. 3,000

2006
Posted on: July 9, 2011 10:23 pmScore: 74 

Jeter gets hit No. 3,000

Really? Does anyone who isn't a Yankees fan care? Wake me when he gets to 4,000...about the same time he starts collecting social security benefits. Pete Rose "The Hit King" forever.

How much do you and Pete want to bet that someone else other than Yankee fans care?



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Jeter gets hit No. 3,000

Really? Does anyone who isn't a Yankees fan care? Wake me when he gets to 4,000...about the same time he starts collecting social security benefits. Pete Rose "The Hit King" forever.


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