Yesterday Derek only went 1-5 against the Oakland Athletics, but with that one single he passed George Brett with 3,155 hits to take over sole possession of 14th place on the all-time hit list.
Brett has acknowledged in the past that he doesn't like when someone passes him in the records book, but Jeter is the exception.
"I'm always kind of bummed out when guys pass you, because you had your own place in the record book for a while, and I had that one there for a while," Brett said. "But a guy like Derek comes around and passes you, really, I think it all depends on the type of person that did it. I have the utmost respect for him. I've only met him one time, very briefly, but for a guy to play as long as he has in New York, and I've never heard one bad thing said about the guy. He's definitely a team player, he's a clutch player. He's been the backbone of the Yankees for a long, long time, and when a guy like that passes you, I'd like to shake his hand and look him in the eye and say 'Congratulations.'"
Over the past week Jeter has passed Hall of Famers Tony Gwynn (3,141), Robin Yount (3,142), Paul Waner (3,152) and his boyhood idol Dave Winfield (3,110).
Next on the list is another shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. at (3,184). When asked about eventually passing Ripken Jeter told MLB.com, "With him being a shortstop, it's someone that I really looked up to," Jeter said. "So, yeah, that would be special. You tie Cal, or pass Cal, or are close to Cal in anything, it's pretty remarkable."
As usual Jeter is always talking team first no matter what personal milestone he has seemed to achieve over the years. The Captain has repeated himself time and time again using the same mantra that his job is to get hits, get on base, score runs and be as consistent as possible. No matter the game or situation the end objective is always the same.
This year Derek has been smoking hot with the lumber batting over .400 at a point early this season. Currently in 46 games this season Jeter boasts a batting average of .338 and second in the league in hits with 67 in 198 AB. Derek is just less than a month away from his 38th birthday, yet continues to produce as if he were in his prime. Since the Captain reached 3,000 hits last year he has hit over .300 and is in the top 20 in the American League in many categories including hits, ABs and OBP.
Jeter should be on the down swing of his career, if you go by age alone, yet the Captain continues to lead and produce at the highest level hoping to add another ring or two before calling it a career. Derek has always been about winning and garnering World Championships, team first with plenty of time in retirement to enjoy all the personal accolades he has accumulated over his career.
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