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. marty

    female, sports fan, lover of Bruins, Bosox, Celts and Pats but congratulating Derek Jeter on an outstanding acheivement in his baseball career. Dont have to be hater, lover of Yanks, hater, lover of BoSox, real fan or casual fan not to recognize (all history, past deeds, negotiations aside) an amazing accomplishment can't if just be that.

    July 10, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. RCBinTN

    Congratulations, Derek.

    July 10, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. crazyhips

    Why are we celebrating a cheater? He juiced.

    July 10, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • John777

      Jeter is a singles and doubles hitter. Why would he juice? When you know nothing about baseball you only embarass yourself with comments like this.

      July 10, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • uhhhh

      3000 hits is 3000 hits...

      steroids don't improve hand-eye coordination so even if that were true, he's still hit 3000 balls.

      July 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. steddie

    so he hit a ball 3000 times? how many bullets did my brother dodge serving the coutry more than once? not saying jeter didnt do an awesome job, i just thin kthe salaries should be switched.

    July 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Foobar

      Well no offense and I thank your brother for his service, but there are tens of thousands of young men and women that can do the bullet dodging job, only a handful of jeters.

      July 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BuddahMang

    I grew up watching derek jeter I was 9 in 1996 my best memories as a kid are goin to a yankee game with my dad. Jeter was my hero as a kid and I am very happy that such a classy guy earned his spot in baseball lore.

    July 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frankie Hassel

    Steroids do work

    July 11, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
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