Saturday, September 12, 2009

Alone At The Top - Jeter Passes A Legand

The Captian came through on Friday night, cementing his place in Yankee lore. With a third inning single Derek Jeter surpassed Yankee legend, the Iron Horse- Lou Gehrig Leave it to Jeeets to do it on the anniversary of 9/11, a day that is so important to America and even more so in New York.

Going into the game Jeter was tied with Gehrig with NO. 2,721 hits, most of any Yankee all time. It is kind of surprising that of all the great players that have played for the Yanks that there has never been a member of the 3,000 hit club. Gehrig probably would have reached that mark had his career ended so suddenly in 1939 and then two years later, he passed away at the age of 37 from the disease that would later bear his name.

Jeter is younger then Lou was and should have enough baseball left in him to reach the 3,000 mark. Now I am a firm believer that the Yankees are the baseball version of the Toronto Maple Leafs. They are loved by many and fans are arrogant, obnoxious and loud. The kind of people that you just can’t stand to be around. They are the people that think that the team is the greatest thing since sliced bread and that they can do no wrong and any bit of reasoning or logic just falls on deaf ears. Sure it is annoying but there is little that one can do. I also understand that the sport is better for them, We have to face it baseball is good when the Yankees are good, It may make you sick, and it should but it is the truth - it really is true there is a fine line between love and hate.

It is with all that information that we have to acknowledge just how good Derek Jeter is and what a great player, leader and person he is. He is the James Bond of baseball....Guys want to be him, girls want to be with him. He is one of the smartest players in the game and has the looks and the skills that most people only dream of. Doing it all on the biggest of stages, as captain of the New York Yankees just ads to the appeal. When all is said and done he will likely be one of the most decorated Yankees of all time, he is already in the same breath as Mantle, Maris, Ruth, Gehrig and Domaggio. I am sure that Mr. Steinbrenner was of the most pleased to see Derek reach this Yankee milestone.

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