It's a Long Way to the Top

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Well, Alfredo Aceves pitched 3 innings without surrendering a hit. Jorge Posada hit a pinch-hit three-run home run. The Yankees had their 45th come-from-behind win.

But none of it matters because it was not their night.

Derek <span class=Jeter" style="border: medium none ; display: block;" height="352" width="307">Image by Keith Allison via Flickr

This night belonged to Derek Jeter.

The Yankees shortstop picked up his 2,721st hit, tying Lou Gehrig for first on the All-Time Yankee hit list. With the inside-out swing we've all come to know and love, he drove the first pitch of the at-bat down the first base line. The ball went passed the diving Chris Richard, and the crowd went crazy.

After both dugouts stood to applaud the Captain, Jeter paused to tip his cap to the fans, who continued to shower him with applause.

With his parents watching from a luxury box, Jeter seemed to follow the advice of his father and enjoy the moment.

He's still going to be Derek Jeter, doing whatever it takes to win; diving into the stands, running across the field to flip the ball home, coming up with clutch hits. But if he enjoys some of those special moments a little bit more as he moves on with his career, it's going to be fun to watch as he passes more of these milestones.

So, from Michael Kay's Successors, here's to you Derek Jeter. Let you pick up another 2,721 hits before you're done. Thank you for the memories over the past 2,118 games and for all the memories yet to come.



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