Daily Archives: July 9, 2011

Derek Jeter Gets 3,000th Hit

Well, Derek Jeter had finally did it! The captain of the New York Yankees was the first Yankee and 28th player overall to reach the 3,000th hit club. On a day that was filled with anticipation and people looking for tickets, it was a day that Derek Jeter hoped would be the day he hit 3,000. As he walked to the press room before the game, every writer wanted to know about his 3,000 hit. How did Derek Jeter respond. Looking uncomfortable and sick of the attention of 3,000 and even muttered, “Here we go.”

Well Derek Jeter doesn’t have to worry about that anymore. On a hot Saturday afternoon at the stadium, Derek Jeter had a historical day, capping a 5 for 5 day with an RBI and a stolen base. How did hit 3,000 happen you ask? In the third inning, it was Derek Jeter and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price. Price threw a 3-2 pitch which was clocked into the seats for the 3,000th hit. The Yankees players all looked with anticipation as Jeter rounded the bases, and were all waiting for him when he reached home plate. Jeter gave each one a hug and gave the crowd a curtain call as he headed back to the dugout. The young man that had caught Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit, 23 year old Christian Lopez handed the ball over to Yankees officials and didn’t want a single dime from the ball. That didn’t stop the Yankees from giving Lopez incentives for his nice gesture. Lopez was rewarded with four ticket suites for every remaining game of the season as well as legend seats for tomorrow’s series finale against the Rays. He also got merchandise and has the opportunity to meet Derek Jeter.

To cap off the perfect day for Jeter, the Yankees beat the Rays in a 5-4 game and now have the opportunity to take the series from the Rays in tomorrow’s matchup.

Congratulations Derek Jeter! You made history and are definitely the icon of baseball in our eyes.

A-Rod injury

Alex Rodriguez has been diagnosed with a slight meniscus tear in his right knee.

This comes as a surprise. A-Rod was sent for what was thought to be only a precautionary MRI Friday, but obviously there’s something structurally wrong. It’s the same injury CC Sabathia had last season, and Sabathia pitched through the ailment. Of course, he pitched once every five days and didn’t have to play every day. A-Rod could decide to play through the ailment and undergo an operation over the offseason, but it’s also possible he could have surgery now, which would sideline him for a month. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the decision, which is expected to come later Saturday, is totally up to A-Rod. He’ll sit out the rest of this weekend either way.

Morning Bits 7/9/11

Good morning all. No game last night (booooooo) make up in late September.  Day game today.  Enjoy the day.

and here are your morning links….

* What do you think of the Yankees maybe trading and bringing back Alfonso Soriano or Aramis Ramirez from the cubs?

* A-Rod is out of the All Star game as he going to rest his injuries which is most likely the best idea for the team.

* Granderson’s power is more than expected.

 

 

 

AL EAST STANDINGS

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
Boston 53 35 .602 26-17 27-18 470 365 +105 Won 4 8-2
NY Yankees 51 35 .593 1 28-19 23-16 449 330 +119 Lost 2 6-4
Tampa Bay 49 39 .557 4 21-21 28-18 376 337 +39 Won 2 5-5
Toronto 43 47 .478 11 19-22 24-25 414 411 +3 Won 1 4-6
Baltimore 36 50 .419 16 22-22 14-28 349 442 -93 Lost 5 1-9