Yankees' Jeter gets 3,000th hit
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter strokes a home run Saturday for the 3,000th hit of his career.
July 9th, 2011
02:28 PM ET

Yankees' Jeter gets 3,000th hit

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter joined Major League Baseball's elite 3,000-hit club Saturday on a home run, marking a perfect day at the plate at Yankee Stadium.

The dramatic, milestone-reaching blast was part of a performance that included hitting safely in all five at-bats and driving in the winning run against Tampa Bay.

And, with his third hit of the day, Jeter moved past Roberto Clemente - whose career ended at 3,000 hits - and alone into 27th place on the all-time hits list. He has the most hits of any active player.

In achieving the milestone, Jeter, who has played with the Yankees his entire career, accomplished a feat that eluded Yankee greats like Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig.

Jeter hit a single for number 2,999 in his first at-bat of the game in the first inning. Then, in the third inning he launched the homer, his third of the year, into left field off Rays starter David Price.

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Casey Kotchman tipped his cap to Jeter as he rounded first on his way to a big welcome celebration at home plate from his teammates. Several of the Rays stepped out of the visitors' dugout to applaud. The game was halted as the crowd of nearly 50,000 stood and roared. Jeter took several curtain calls from the dugout.

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  1. bobcat2u

    WHOOPEEEEEEEEEEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      Still love Bernie Mac's "Mr. 3,000"

      July 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. scott

    I am glad someone had the class to give him a nice pitch to let him get a HR on his 3000th hit. Nice ending to a great story

    July 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      You must not have watched the at bat. No gift. He'd already fouled off a couple. David Price wasn't about to give him a meatball in a game where the Rays had a 1 run lead against a division rival whom they are trailing.

      July 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dejabrewer

      Clown! You didn't even watch it! That was no meatball pitch!

      July 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. evan

    HATE HIM

    July 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      Because he's selfish? A prima donna? A hot dog? Jeter plays the game the right way, hustles on every play, never complains, does not seek out the media attention.

      July 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • BronxBornAndBred

      Nope, he's probably a tampa bay fan!!!

      July 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      ... probably because the teams you root for suck... year in and year out.

      July 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      No, Tampa fans respect Jeter. And since the Yanks' spring training is in Tampa, they have a lot of fans there. There is a reason the players and managers have nothing but good things to say about him.

      July 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CW0WW

    Who cares. MORE CASEY ANTHONY!

    July 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BronxBornAndBred

    Way to go Derek!!!! What a way to do it!!! I bet that ball went halfway to Yonkers!! You're headed for Cooperstown!!

    July 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. scottmarchand

    Congrats Derek – you've worked hard & stayed committed to the Yankee Heritage

    July 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. denisestacy

    Congratulations Captain Jeter!

    July 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RedSoxforever

    I hope Jeter gets syphillis

    July 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • RedSoxforever1

      Or squaids

      July 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      If he does, he'll get it from Ortiz, Beckett or your mother.

      July 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      27-2. Nothing more needs to be said.

      July 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dejabrewer

      And you caught it from your mom?

      July 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sawks!

      You're right David. Jeter would totally bend over and take if from Ortiz.

      July 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. J

    At least fans of the guy (not me) can cheer knowing he didn't abuse roids like some of his teammates. No I don't know for sure that he never juiced, but if he did he should get his money back.

    July 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Doug

    Congrats Jeter !!!

    I grewup in NYC as a kid..(Hello to all my friends from St Gerard in Queens) and I was watching at home in Freehold, NJ (home of Brice Springsteen) and You did it in NY style, with a HOME Run !! Damn I love that City !!!!

    The SOUTH ain't got NOTHING on the NorthEast !!!!

    July 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dougsucks

      Brice? Seriously?

      July 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      LOL I mean Bruce ...I was so excited with my friends here LOL ...I LOVE Summertime .....GO Boro , that 's Freehold High School for all you haters ...oh I also love Rider University !!!!

      July 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bob

    And where would he be without the steroids? 300 hits maybe, and in the minors?

    July 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dejabrewer

      Proof? Otherwise STFU!

      July 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Where would you be without Viagra?

      July 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      Why would Bob need Viagra? He'll never know the touch of a woman anyway.

      July 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Steroids don't make you a good hitter.

      July 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Class

    Derek Jeter–one of the greatest Yankees and ball players ever. Congrats #2.

    July 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sox Fan

    Even as a rival I give him props! He a great ball player with class.

    July 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      Thank you. It may have killed me to see Schilling kill the Yankees, but you have to give credit where it's due. How can anyone boo Pedroia?

      July 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sox Fan

      Exactly, they're 2 players who talk about team even when they are the star of that days game, they talk about their own adjustments when they lose, and both play to win. I understand the Yanks core is is a touchy subject with contracts but I don't agree with the Yanks PR disaster with Jeter this winter. Not many players have a career like his playing for only 1 team. He is one of the best no doubt about that.

      July 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. David

    Oh Captain! My Captain!

    July 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Paul

    Good things happen to good people. He has been a "class" athlete his entire life. Even more importantly he has been a class person setting an example for all who follow. Congrats Derek and heres hoping for many more hits.

    July 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
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