Derek Jeter Notches 3,000th Hit

Derek-Jeter-2009A day after his attempt to become a part of history was rained out, Derek Jeter rained hits at the Yankee Stadium on Saturday to become the 28th player in MLB history to get at least 3,000 career hits.

After getting number 2,999 with a leadoff single in the first inning, Jeter returned in the third inning with a 420-feet home run for his 3,000th hit, becoming the first Yankee to achieve the feat. The 37-year-old shortstop did not stop after making history, as he went on to finish 5 of 5 for the game and help the Yankees defeat the Rays, 5-4.

Jeter, whose quest for 3,000 was delayed by a day when the Yankees-Rays match was cancelled on Friday due to rain, said he felt good that he hit the historic ball on a match that New York won. “It would have been really, really awkward to be out there doing interviews and waving to the crowd after the game if we had lost. So that was going through my head in my last at-bat today,” said Jeter, who drove in Eduardo Nunez for the winning run with his final hit in the eighth inning.