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

Steinbrenner.

”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

Bloomberg.

”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

Braun.

”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

Shane Victorino.

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

achievement.”

”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.