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The Stat Line Of The Night – 09/09/09 – Derek Jeter
Total Pro Sports – Although three hits in a game isn’t all that bad, it was the significance of those hits that makes last night’s performance by Derek Jeter a memorable one. Sitting at a total of 2718 hits in his career, the Yankees’ shortstop was three shy of Lou Gehrig’s team record of 2721 hits, which has stood for over 70 years.
Jeter got five at bats on the night and that was all he needed to tie Gehrig’s mark. After recording a bunt single in the first inning and double in the fifth, Jeter was at the dish again in the seventh inning and slapped a Jeff Niemann pitch down the first baseline past a diving Chris Richard. That hit earned him a long and thunderous ovation from the crowd of 45,848 at Yankee Stadium, and “The Stat Line Of The Night” for Wednesday, September 9th, 2009.
Derek Jeter, who has become the new face of the Yankees’ historic franchise, has etched a place for himself among the greats of the team’s long and celebrated history. He currently sits in a tie for 54th on the Major’s career hit list. His next target will be 3000, as he is currently only 279 hits away. At 35-years-old, he will likely become the first Yankee player to reach that mark for the club before he retires.
And in case you were wondering, the Yankees beat the Rays 4-2 in the game.