Thursday, September 10, 2009

Leftovers - Derek Jeter Ties the Iron Horse!

Okay, I won't lie. I solely put this Leftovers up here to stick it to Josh. Last night, Derek Jeter, shortstop for the Yankees, tied Lou Gehrig for most amount of hits for a Yankee player, ever. With one more hit, Jeter will take the Yankee hit lead and set the new bar for future Yankees players to aspire to. Honestly though, watching Jeter do this has made me feel kinda old, as I can remember back in 95-96 when he first debuted for the Yanks. He really has come a long way since then. Like watching Don Mattingly back in the 80's and early 90's, watching Derek Jeter over these years has truly been a pleasure, and it's good to know that his number will join many great Yankee numbers in retirement.

The other stat I read that also amazes me is that Jeter is only 26 steals away from the Yankees franchise record for most stolen bases, held by Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, without a doubt the best lead off hitter in all of baseball. It's honestly more of a testament to how great a player and base stealer that Rickey was, as it's taken Jeter 13-14 years to reach 300, while it took Rickey Henderson 4 years as a Yankee to get 326. I really just wanted to shake Rickey's hand when I saw him in the Mets locker room this year. Damn professional atmosphere. Anyway, here's to you, Derek Jeter. May you enjoy all of your future franchise records while hanging out at Broome Street Bar.


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