In the surest sign yet that live Major League Baseball does not presently live and breathe among us, MLB Network starting at 6:00 a.m. ET on Friday is going to air 64 straight hours of Derek Jeter content. The occasion is the 25th anniversary of Jeter's MLB debut, which occurred on May 29, 1995. He went 0 for 5 in the Yankees' loss to the Mariners in extra innings.
Here's how just a portion of those 64 hours of Jeter color television programming break down, per MLB Network's official press release:
Friday, May 29:
- 6:00 a.m. – World Series Highlights: 1996, New York Yankees vs Atlanta Braves – The Yankees beat future Hall of Famers Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz in six games, as Jeter captures his first of five World Series rings.
- 7:30 a.m. – World Series Highlights: 1998, New York Yankees vs San Diego Padres – Looks back at New York's sweep of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn and the San Diego Padres.
- 9:00 a.m. – 2009 World Series Film – Jeter bats over .400 as the Yankees beat the Phillies in six games, capturing his fifth and final World Series championship.
- 11:00 a.m. – Baseball's Seasons: 1995 – A look back at the 1995 season as Cal Ripken Jr. breaks Lou Gehrig's record, Jeter makes his Major League debut, and the Braves meet the Indians in the World Series.
- 12:00 p.m. – New York Yankees at Seattle Mariners, May 30, 1995 – Jeter collects his first career hit with a 5th inning leadoff single.
- 3:00 p.m. – New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians, April 2, 1996 – On Opening Day, Jeter hits the first home run of his career off the Indians' Dennis Martinez.
- 6:00 p.m. – MLB Tonight – Matt Vasgersian, Dan Plesac and Harold Reynolds discuss the latest baseball news and reminisce about Jeter's Hall of Fame career.
- 7:00 p.m. – Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees, 1996 ALCS Game 1 – Jeter goes 4-for-5 with a home run in the Yankees' extra-innings 5-4 win over Baltimore.
- 10:00 p.m. – New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles, 1996 ALCS Game 5 – Jeter goes 2-for-5 while batting leadoff, in a 6-4 Yankees victory to head to the World Series.
Saturday, May 30:
- 9:00 a.m. – Play Ball – Host Harold Reynolds presents an all-Jeter and Yankees edition of MLB Network's kids-focused program, including tips from Jeter himself on how to develop your baseball skills.
- 10:00 a.m. – 2000 MLB All-Star Game at Atlanta's Turner Field – Jeter goes 3-for-3 against Kevin Brown, Randy Johnson and Al Leiter, winning the All-Star Game MVP.
- 1:00 p.m. – New York Yankees at New York Mets, 2000 World Series Game 4 – Jeter hits a leadoff home run as the Yankees climb to a 3-1 series lead.
- 4:00 p.m. – New York Yankees at Oakland Athletics, 2001 ALDS Game 3 – Jeter makes his famous "flip play" to get Oakland's Jeremy Giambi out at the plate as part of a 1-0 Yankees win.
- 6:30 p.m. – MLB's 20 Greatest Games: Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Yankees, 2001 World Series Game 4 – Joe Torre and Tim McCarver join Bob Costas and Tom Verducci to relive baseball's first November home run, giving Jeter the name "Mr. November."
- 8:00 p.m. – Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Yankees, 2001 World Series Game 4 – Jeter becomes "Mr. November" as he hits a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to push the Yankees to a 4-3 victory.
Sunday, May 31:
- 7:30 a.m. – World Series Highlights: 2000, New York Yankees vs New York Mets – The Yankees win a third straight World Series championship and fourth in five years, as Jeter is named World Series MVP.
- 10:00 a.m. – Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, July 1, 2004 – Jeter leaps headfirst into the stands to make "the catch," as part of the Yankees' come-from-behind victory.
- 12:00 p.m. – Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees, September 11, 2009 – Jeter breaks the Yankees' all-time hit record, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
- 2:00 p.m. – Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees, 2009 World Series Game 6 – Jeter goes 3-for-5 as the Yankees clinch the franchise's 27th World Series championship.
- 5:00 p.m. – Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees, July 9, 2011 – Jeter goes 5-for-5, homering for his 3000th career hit.
- 8:00 p.m. – Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees, September 25, 2014 – Jeter collects a walk-off hit in his final career game at Yankee Stadium.
Inauspicious debut aside, Jeter of course went on to author a legendary career as the Yankees' shortstop. Across parts of 20 big-league seasons, Jeter racked up 3,465 hits; 260 home runs; five Gold Gloves; and 14 All-Star appearances. He also helped the Yankees to four World Series titles, as he batted .308/.374/.465 in 158 career postseason games. Jeter went into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot earlier this year,.
For his career, Jeter made an estimated $265,159,364 in career salary. Let's assume the 64 hours of programming is a nod to those 64 bucks at the end.