Jeter sets hits record, but Yankees fall to Orioles
The moment belonged to
Jeter broke the New York
Jeter’s third-inning single to right field gave him 2,722 hits, one more than Gehrig, whose Hall of Fame career was cut short by illness in 1939.
“It’s still hard to believe for me,” Jeter said. “It really hit home when we got back here after our last road trip.”
The captain added an RBI single in the fourth that put the
Jeter’s record-breaking hit was remarkably similar to the one that tied Gehrig on Wednesday night, a sharp grounder inside the first-base line. After this one,
“For those who say today’s game can’t produce legendary players, I have two words:
Jeter said he spoke to Steinbrenner during the second rain delay.
“It was great to hear from him. I think our relationship has been well-documented throughout the years. We’ve been pretty close since I came up,” Jeter said. “We miss seeing him around here as much as we used to, but it was great to hear his voice and he had a lot of great things to say.”
Jeter spread his arms wide after rounding first base and clapped his hands emphatically as he headed back to the bag. Then, his teammates found him.
“Just capturing the moment,”
Rain-drenched fans, many wearing bright ponchos, roared during an ovation that lasted about 3 minutes. Jeter twice waved his helmet to the crowd of 46,771 – just as he did after tying the record. Fans chanted his name and the ball was taken out of play as a souvenir.
“It wasn’t ideal conditions tonight and for the fans to stick around, it really means a lot,” Jeter said. “I felt like they’re just as much a part of this as I am.”
When his opposite-field grounder got past diving first baseman
Jeter said his mother nearly didn’t make it to the game because she was in Tampa, Fla., earlier in the day and her flight was delayed.
Baltimore spoiled some of the fun, though.
When the game resumed, Jeter had been pulled along with several other
The start was delayed 87 minutes by rain that soaked the warning track with large puddles. Jeter struck out in the first inning against 21-year-old rookie
Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the first inning for the
Tillman struck out a career-high eight in five-plus innings.