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#10 An Iconic Yankee Gets Hit 3000 In Style
In 2011, Derek Jeter was not having a good time playing baseball. His batting average had slipped to .257 and, remarkably, the .313 lifetime hitter was getting some bad press for the first time in his career.
And even more remarkable was the fact that Jeter was feeling the pressure himself, telling the New York Times:
"“It’s kind of hard to enjoy it when there’s a lot of negativity that’s out there,” Jeter said. “Hopefully, I might be able to enjoy it the next few days.”"
Jeter would have the last word, though, on this Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, not only notching hit #3,000 but hitting a home run in the same at-bat. Electrifying the crowd, Jeter, true to form, sprinted around the bases as if it was just another day at the ballpark.
I love it when people doubt me. It makes me work harder to prove them wrong (Derek Jeter)
Before hitting the 3,000 mark, Jeter had already passed another iconic Yankee, Lou Gehrig, for the franchise record in hits, with 2,722.
To cap his career, Jeter is a sure-fire inductee to the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 2020.