First, I want to apologize for not having written very many blogs recently. Between going back to school and varsity sports every day, I’ve been very busy! But nothing, not even my mounds of homework, can keep me from posting a very special blog today. If I didn’t, well, quite frankly, the guilt would probably eat me alive.
Yes, the Yankees lost on a rainy friday night. Yes, Andy Pettitte had an OK night. Yes, the bullpen was a little very shaky. Yes, it lasted into the wee hours of the morning. Yes, that might have been a game the Yankee wanted back. But the game was so much more than another loss, another sub par bullpen outing, another rain delay. It was a magical evening.
As I’m sure we’re all aware, Derek Jeter has been looming around the all time yankee hits record, previously set by Lou Gehrig 73 years ago with 2,271 hits. When Derek was within 3 of tying the record, he slumped into an ominous 0-12. Wednesday evening however, a bunt single turned everything around, where he got 3 hits, tying Gehrig’s record. An off day thursday and the stage was set for a historic moment on a historic day, September 11th.
Just about every fan toughed out a 1 hour 27 minute rain delay, who would let a few little rain drops ruin their chance to see Yankee history anyways? Speaking of rain delays and yankee history, this game provided me with a little flashback to one of my favorite games ever to watch, David Cones perfect game. Did he let a rain delay ruin his chance at perfection? Hell no.
Leading off the bottom of the first, Jeter approached the plate. The game truly had a world series atmosphere, with the breath of 46,771 fans hanging on every pitch. Jeter struck out on 5 pitches. Yes, the Yankess go on to score 3 in the bottom of the inning, but thats not really what the fans were looking for.
Jeter is up again in the bottom of the third. In a 2-0 count, Jeter laces a pitch down the right field line, a classic Jeterian swing. And with that swing Yankee fans know so well, Derek Jeter cruises into first receiving an ovation not fit for words. There was chanting and cheering for about 3 minutes, the fans showing Jeter all the love he deserved. All the teammates in the dugout rushed up to first to congratulate their captain on his monumental accomplishment.
Jeter had nothing but humble words about his accomplishment: “It’s still hard to believe for me. The way the fans have treated me around the city, at the field … being a Yankee fan, I never dreamt of this. The whole experience has been overwhelming.”
The Players had nothing but unending praise for their shortstop:
Alex Rodriguez: “Forty, 50, 60 years from now, fans are going to read the back of his baseball card and see a lot of hits. That’s pretty amazing, but that won’t capture even 50 percent of it.”
Andy Pettitte:“You knew really early that he was a great player — but not only was he a great player, he took it to another level in big situations and great moments that could be made. He’s just been extremely special to watch, and he’s a wonderful human being.”
But perhaps the boss said it best: “For those who say today’s game can’t produce legendary players, I have two words: Derek Jeter. Game in and game out, he just produces. As historic and significant as becoming the Yankees’ all-time hit leader is, the accomplishment is all the more impressive because Derek is one of the finest young men playing the game today.”
2,723 hits and counting
Signing off for now
-Inside the Thought Bubble