Reaction to Derek Jeter getting his 3,000th hit
Reaction to Derek Jeter getting his 3,000th hit Saturday against
the Tampa Bay Rays, becoming the first New York Yankees player and
28th overall to reach the milestone:
”This guy has had a magical career and I’m not surprised he had
a day like today. … If you wrote a story that would be the ending
to it. When he’s going to retire, his last game, he’s going to get
four hits, he’s going to hit the game-winner, he’s going to make a
play in the hole, make a jump throw to first and nip the guy in the
bottom of the ninth inning and the Yankees are going to win. To win
the World Series.” – Mets manager Terry Collins.
”Derek has always played with a relentless, team-first
attitude. And that mindset has helped sustain this organization’s
objective of fielding championship-caliber teams year after year.
It’s only fitting that he reach 3,000 hits during a victory against
one of our American League rivals.
”Today we celebrate a remarkable individual achievement by one
of the game’s greatest ambassadors. On behalf of the entire New
York Yankees family, we congratulate Derek on his historic
accomplishment.” – Yankees managing general partner Hal
”I want to give him a big hug. It’s an absolute wonderful
accomplishment.” – Yankees great Yogi Berra.
”In true Jeter fashion, you did not limp into the 3,000-hit
club, but absolutely blew the doors off of it. … While the home
run for number 3,000 is what everyone will remember from this day –
knowing you – you probably are more satisfied with that
eighth-inning single up the middle that won the game. I was
privileged to have the best seat in the house to see the majority
of those 3,000 hits, and so many of your greatest moments, and
while today is yet another one of those moments to add to your
amazing career in pinstripes, I know there is still a lot more to
come.” – Bernie Williams.
”Long before joining the 3,000-hit club, Derek Jeter became
another one of New York’s icons because he represents what is best
in the spirit of our city: an unbreakable belief that with hard
work and determination, anything can be accomplished. Perhaps above
all else, Derek is someone who loves this city and who has a long
history of giving back to the place and the people that helped make
him the superstar he is. New York has a greater baseball tradition
than any other city, but we’ve never had a player get all 3,000
hits in a New York uniform until today. Congratulations Derek –
you’ve made all of New York City proud.” – New York Mayor Michael
”I saw the first one. I was in the dugout for the first one. I
feel real old today. It’s typical Derek. He does it with a flare, a
winning run and every one of them meant something.”
”One thing I did know is that he was going to be as good as he
was capable of being. I spent some time around him, his Mom and Dad
and his sister. He’s got a grip on reality. There’s a lot of things
that are around this game that aren’t reality, the way you travel,
the money you have. When they’re grounded like that, they’ve got a
real head start.” – Buck Showalter, Jeter’s first manager and the
Baltimore Orioles current skipper.
”He’s one of those guys you just respect so much and feel so
honored that you’ve been able to watch him grow up, as much as
anything else. It’s been a pleasure to watch him play.” – former
teammate and coach, and current Dodgers manager Don Mattingly
”I’ve seen him since the Fall League when I think he was 19
years old. He’s still the same kid. A little different haircut, but
always plays the game right. He always treats people right and he
tries to beat your brains out. That’s a good way to go about
things.” – Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona.
”Congrats to Derek Jeter on 3,000 hits!” – Tweet from Boston
Red Sox DH David Ortiz.
”You knew it was going to happen. He’s too good of a player.
He’s one of those guys that was going to get it fast.
Unfortunately, injuries sort of slowed it down, but he’s a
phenomenal player.” – former teammate and Colorado Rockies first
baseman Jason Giambi.
”I congratulate Derek Jeter for reaching 3,000 hits. This is a
milestone that every player wants to achieve. Including Derek, only
28 players have connected 3,000 hits and that’s an evidence of the
difficulty of this achievement. Derek has demonstrated that he is a
disciplined and constant hitter. He deserves the recognition of the
Yankee fans and of all MLB.” – Angels outfielder and former
teammate Bobby Abreu.
”That’s Derek Jeter for you. He’s just a winner. … He’s a
great Yankee, definitely the top tier.” – Rap mogul Jay-Z
”It’s incredible, man, it seems like the day is befitting of
who he is as a person and his character. It seems like this was
deserving. Everything that I know about him, everything that you
hear about him. He’s an incredible person, he’s been an amazing
ambassador for our game, the face of our game for 10 years now, and
it couldn’t have happened to a better person, you know? Seems like
he’s one of the only guys who played through that era who hasn’t
had a tainted image, one of the only guys who has been able to play
his whole career in New York and not get in trouble or embarrass
himself for the franchise or the game.” – Brewers LF Ryan
”Storybook, really. Home run to get his 3,000th and went
5-for-5. And the Yankees won. Wow, that’s tremendous. You think you
know the game a little bit and you hear stuff like no other Yankee
has gotten 3,000 hits.” – Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.
”To be the first Yankee to get 3,000 hits says it all. Just the
way he handles himself makes him special.” – Phillies outfielder
Members of the 3,000-hit club:
”To have the most hits for the most prestigious franchise in
all of sports is pretty special. If Derek stays healthy, he has a
good chance to rack up a lot more hits.” – Paul Molitor.
”Congratulations, first of all, to Derek Jeter on joining the
3,000-hit club. It is an exclusive honor, achieved by only a select
group, that not many people can call their own. It is a monumental
”I had the opportunity to play with Derek when he was a rookie
in 1996, and I had no doubts that Derek would reach this milestone.
He is a very consistent player and he never deviated from his
game.” – former teammate Wade Boggs.
”I love what I see of Derek Jeter. He is the complete package:
a leader, clutch player, and lots of success on baseball’s biggest
stage, New York. Being the complete package is something every
player dreams of.” – Robin Yount.
”I always thought he was a good hitter, ever since he came up.
You just knew that, as consistent as he was, sooner or later he was
going to get to this point. I’ve always had respect for him because
he did things right, as far as the game was concerned. He moved the
ball around. And to get to that marker, that’s what you have to be
able to do. You can’t be one-dimensional.” – Tony Gwynn.