Baseball’s Greatest Games: Derek Jeter’s 3,000th Hit (2011)
Baseball’s Greatest Games:
Derek Jeter’s 3,000th Hit
New Video, 2011
Approx. 3 hrs. + extras
With all of the scandals and controversies that have surrounded Major League Baseball over the past several years, baseball needs a guy like Derek Jeter to prove that there are still some good guys left in the game. A future no-doubt, first-ballot Hall of Famer, the Yankee shortstop is remarkably humble for a man in his position.
Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, Cal Ripken, George Brett, Robin Yount, Tony Gwynn, Cap Anson, Craig Biggio, Al Kaline, and Roberto Clemente played their entire careers with only one franchise and reached the 3,000-hit plateau. Others amassed 3,000 hits with one club before changing uniforms: Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Pete Rose. On July 9, 2011, Jeter joined those legends as the only players to collect his first 3,000 with only one club.
In the bottom of the third inning, with one out and no one on, Jeter stepped to the plate to face off against Rays pitcher David Price. Having already singled in the first inning, the tension at Yankee Stadium was obvious. Everyone in attendance, including the players for both teams, focused on the man at the plate. The count, 3-and-2. Several pitches fouled off, but no one took their eyes off #2. Finally Jeter connects on a slider down and in, and drives it deep to left field, becoming only the second player in history to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit.
Of course, he didn’t stop there, finishing the day 5-for-5 and driving in the game-winning run in the 8th inning as the Yankees defeated division rival Tampa Bay.
Just like the Baseball’s Greatest Games boxed set, the viewer can switch between television broadcasters (Michael Kay and John Flaherty of the YES Network) and radio announcers (John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman of WCBS radio).
The bonus features make this disc really special. The 3,000th hit was replayed on highlight reels so that everyone had a chance to see it numerous times, but Baseball’s Greatest Games takes you deeper, showing several highlights from Jeter’s career:
- Post-game press conference
- 1st hit (off Tim Belcher in Seattle)
- 1st home run (off Dennis Martinez in Cleveland)
- Most hits at Yankee Stadium (passing Lou Gehrig)
- Most hits at shortstop all time (passing Luis Aparicio)
- Passes Babe Ruth on all-time Yankees hits list
- Passes Gehrig on all-time Yankees hits list
- Speech at closing of Yankee Stadium
As George Steinbrenner said, “Game in and game out, he just produces.”
Without question, Yankees fans, Jeter fans, and lovers of the game as it should be played will want to add this DVD to their collection.