Jeter Joins 3,000-Hit Club With Homer
Yankee captain gets two hits in two at-bats to join exclusive club
Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter joined the 3,000-hit club Saturday with a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays. (Getty Images)
Jeter hit a first-inning bouncing single between the shortstop and and thrid baseman for hit number 2,999. Then, in the bottom of the third inning, with one out and a full count, Rays southpaw David Price threw a breaking ball low and inside to Jeter, whose inside-out swing deposited the pitch in Yankee Stadium's left field bleachers.
The Yankees captain, not known for his power-hitting, delivered in style with a high shot that carried well into the stands in left-center, igniting a thunderous roar and a rush of team mates toward home plate.
The record-setting blast was Jeter's third home run of the season and his first at Yankee Stadium in 286 at-bats, since he connected in a July 2010 game against Kansas City.
When the 37-year-old Jeter touched home, he was first hugged by long-time team mate Jorge Posada, who like Jeter has been a member of five World Series title teams in the pinstripes.
The game was delayed while his mates took turns congratulating him before the shortstop saluted the cheering fans and finally returned to the dugout.
He added three more hits on the day, making it the third time he's hit safely five times in a single game.
Jeter is the 28th player to join the 3,000-hit club. All of his hits have come as a Yankee, making him the 11th member of the esteemed group to have collected all his hits for a single team.
He returned to the Yankees lineup Monday after missing 21 days with a right calf strain, became the first major leaguer to reach the 3,000-mark since Craig Biggio did it with the Houston Astros in June 2007.
Jeter became the fourth youngest player to reach the milestone, behind only Ty Cobb (34), Hank Aaron (36) and Robin Yount (36).