Yankees veteran Derek Jeter slapped three base hits against the Tampa Bay Rays last night to tie the legendary Lou Gehrig at 2,721 career hits as a New York Yankee. Gehrig and now Jeter sit on top of the Yankees all-time hits list in front of the immortal Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Bernie Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Don Mattingly, and Yogi Berra. “He’s one of the classiest people to ever play this game,” Jeter said of Gehrig, who has stood alone with the record for over 70 years. “It’s just kind of mind-boggling to have my name next to his.”
Jeter may have taken center stage with his outstanding career efforts last night, but it was catcher Jorge Posada who came through with a three run jack over the right field wall in the bottom of the eighth to pull them ahead. Tampa Bay held the lead for the first seven innings after coming up with two runs in the first. “I felt proud. I got goose bumps…It was a perfect moment.” said Posada “It would be tough to lose a game when he ties Lou Gehrig, so we needed to win this one.”
Jeter is not only about to lead the Yankees organization as the all-time hits leader. The 10 time All-Star earned his 300th steal yesterday as well, ranking him second on the franchise list behind Rickey Henderson at 326. Jeter has the day off with the rest of the Yanks before attempting to break the record tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles.
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