In their rich history, the New York Yankees have had many memorable moments. This makes selecting the top 10 a formidable task. After prolonged labor and sleepless nights, the list is finally complete.
First, a little ground work. A memorable moment can come from many situations. It could be a career achievement, like the save record of Mariano Rivera. It could be a seasonal achievement, like Joe DiMaggio´s hitting streak. It could be an emotional event, like Lou Gehrig´s farewell speech. It just needs to stick out in the memory of Yankees fans. And of course, it´s totally subjective.
So we start with memorable moment number 10. From there, we will countdown to number one in future editions.
The number 10 spot goes to Derek Jeter´s 3,000th hit. Jeter did it in dramatic style with a home run against David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.. Only three players, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Robin Yount reached the milestone at a younger age than Jeter.
And Jeter enjoyed the journey as much as reaching the milestone.
¨You gotta have fun,´´ Jeter has said. Regardless of how you look at it, we´re playing a game. It´s a business, it´s our job, but I don´t think you can do well unless you´re having fun.
This is especially significant since Jeter pressed some at the plate in the days leading up to reaching number 3,000. Through it all he kept smiling and maintained his cool and confidence. The anticipation of Jeter´s accomplishment was similar to that of Roger Maris reaching home run number 61. Both must have felt like the world was lifted off of their shoulders when they finally got there.
And it´s remarkable when one legend voices his opinion for another. ¨I love his work ethic,¨ Michael Jordan once said of Jeter. He has a great attitude. He has the qualities that separate superstars from everyday people, and a lot of it is attributable to his great family backround.¨
So there you have it, memorable moment number 10 in New York Yankees history. Next up, number nine on Yanks Go Yard.