The Pride Of The Yankees
July 12, 2011 by staff
The Pride Of The Yankees, Ran to the window, arms high in the air. I yelled to my kids, “Mr. 3000 you can call it now.” Derek Jeter (notes) was a member of the club finally hit 3,000. It’s hard to imagine that Jeter was the first player of the New York Yankees to accomplish this feat, considering the great players who have played for New York. Jeter did it in style. In a home run in Yankee Stadium, Jeter solidified his name in the record books of baseball.
As the lone Yankees fan in a house full of Red Sox fans who did not share my enthusiasm. I, however, was like a proud parent. Having seen him since he arrived in New York, I felt proud when I saw Jeter run the bases.
As a Yankee fan, I’ve seen high-priced free agents come and go and some personalities who tested until staunchest supporters, but Jeter has become our generation of Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio. The symbol of what being a Yankee, Jeter has remained humble and classy.
While his skills have diminished, no doubt, one day, she showed the world what made him great. With the spotlight squarely on him, Jeter took his place in the batting cage and batting leadoff wasted no time being beaten with a single in 2999 his first at-bat.
In his second at-bat, facing a full count, Derek Jeter became “Mr. 3000″ with a home run. When the ball went over the wall in left field, he let out a “woohoo!” I realized too late that the window was open and the neighbors, supporters of the Red Sox by the way, were in the pool. I’m sure you heard me, I did not care.
For one day on July 9, everything was perfect in New York, including captain Derek Jeter al. On a day when he needed two hits, received five, including a. To win a single party, finishing the game 5-for-5 I have not seen each hit in the career of Derek Jeter, but I have seen many, none more impressive than the five I saw that day.
For it to other members of the “Core Four” were waiting for Jeter as he got home. Viewing Jorge Posada (notes) and Mariano Rivera (notes) celebrate with Jeter was great.
Thank you, Jeter, for being great on and off the field and the remaining humble throughout his success. His parents did an amazing job increased a special man and a special player.
Vonda Menard has been a fan of the New York Yankees for over 25 years. Her stepfather took her first to Yankee Stadium as a young child, where he falls for Don Mattingly and the Yankees. She makes the pilgrimage from Connecticut to New York a year to expose her children to the same experience.
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