Friday, September 11, 2009

Derek Jeter: 2,722.

This is the year that I finally let go of the New York Yankees. When they abandoned the real Yankee Stadium to move into the $1.5 billion fake one, killing acres of Bronx parkland along with their irreplaceable shrine, I opted out.
If ballplayers can become free agents, so can fans.
I've lived in L.A. for the better part of 22 years, and now I bleed Dodger blue.
(Alright, it's still just droplets, but you know what I mean...)
Still, there will always be a little Yankee in me, and I will always root for Derek Jeter.
Tonight in that faux Yankee Stadium, Jeter produced its first historic moment, breaking the team record for hits set by Lou Gehrig--the Iron Horse--when he singled to right in the third inning off Chris Tillman of the Baltimore Orioles.
Jeter did it 24 years to the day after Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's record for most career hits. Rose played until he was 45, and finished with 4,256 hits. Jeter is 35, and has more hits than Rose did at the same age.
So here's to Derek Jeter, or as George Steinbrenner said today in a statement, "For those who say today's game can't produce legendary players, I have two words: Derek Jeter."

Read the New York Times account here.
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Dan & Margaret said...

Jeter is all class. (as you would expect from a Michigander. ;))

JohnnyRussia said...

Well said, my friend.