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Derek Jeter Gets 3,000th Hit: The 10 Most Memorable Home Runs of Jeter’s Career

Posted By Adrian Fedkiw On Jul 9 2011 @ 8:42 pm In New York | No Comments

In the third inning of Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Derek Jeter became one of two players to hit a home run on his 3,000th hit. Wade Boggs is the other.

He’s the 28th player to reach the elusive 3,000 hit club.

Jeter’s the fourth youngest player to reach 3,000 hits. The three ahead of him…Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Robin Yount.

 

 

 

10. The Lone Grand Slam

NEW YORK - JUNE 18: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees is congratulated by (L-R) Bernie Williams #51, Robinson Cano #22 and Jorge Posada #20 after he hit his first grand slam home run at the bottom of the sixth against Joe Borowski #48 of the Chicago

In 253 career at-bats with the bases loaded, Derek Jeter has just one grand slam. The grand salami came in a June 18, 2005 interleague confrontation against the Chicago Cubs.

The Yankees won the game 8-1.

 

9. The Inside the Parkers

NEW YORK - JULY 22:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees slides into home on his inside the park home run in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on July 22, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham

Derek Jeter has two inside-the-park home runs in his career, both came against the Kansas City Royals.

His first happened on Aug. 2, 1996. The game entered extra innings scoreless. Cecil Fielder put the Yankees on the board in the top of the 10th to give them a 1-0 lead. With two outs in the inning and Joe Girardi on second, Jeter hit his sixth career home run inside the park style. It gave them a 3-0 lead.

In rare fashion, a then-young Mariano Rivera blew the save as the Royals scored four runs to win the game 4-3.

Jeter’s second inside the park home run came 14 years later at age 36. New York trailed 3-1 in the third when Jeter laced one to center field. Royals center fielder David DeJesus tracked it down, but the ball popped out of his glove when he hit the wall.

Jeter raced his way around the bases to tie the score at three. The Yankees defeated Kansas City 10-4.

 

8. The All-Star Home Run

10 Jul 2001:  Derek Jeter (r) of the New York Yankees celebrates his home run with teammate Magglio Ordonez of the Chicago White Sox during the 2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Safeco Field in  Seattle, Washington. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Cred 
Heading into the 2001 All-Star Game, amazingly, no Yankee slugger went yard in the Midsummer Classic since Yogi Berra in 1959.

In the sixth inning at Safeco Field, Jeter hit a solo homer to make it 3-1 in favor of the American League. The AL went on to win 4-1.

It only took a year for the next Yankee to hit a dinger when Alfonso Soriano went deep in the fifth inning of the 2002 All-Star Game in Milwaukee.

 

7. The First Win at the New Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK - APRIL 17:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees rounds the bases after he hit a home run in the eighth inning of the game to give them a 6-5 lead over the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium on April 17, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York 
The Yankees didn’t get to showcase their new stadium until the 10th game of the season against the Cleveland Indians. It wasn’t pretty as the Indians trounced the Yanks 10-2.

There was a bit more drama in the second game of the series. In the bottom of the eighth with the scored tied at five, Jeter stepped up against Jensen Lewis.

Jeter, who was 0-for-4 heading into the at-bat got himself into a hitter’s count of 3-1. He got a fastball and deposited into the right field seats to give New York a 6-5 lead.

Rivera notched the save, and the Yankees picked up their first win at their new digs

 

6. The First One

NEW YORK - MAY 19:  Shortstop Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees readies for the pitch during an MLB game against the Anaheim Angels at Yankee Stadium on May 19, 1996 in New York City, New York.  The Angels defeated the Yankees 10-1.  (Photo by Al Bel 

Derek Jeter made his Major League debut in 1995, but 1996 marked his first full season.

On opening day against the Cleveland Indians, there was a lot of hype surrounding the 22-year-old. In the top of the fifth off of Dennis Martinez, Jeter exemplified why he deserved the hype.

He lined a pitch out to deep left field for the first of his many home runs in Yankee pinstripes. His solo shot made the score 2-0, and the Yankees won 7-1.

Jeter went on to take the 1996 Rookie of the Year Award with a .314 batting average, 10 home runs, 78 RBI and 104 runs scored.

 

5. Subway Series Heroics

26 Oct 2000:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees watches his home run in the sixth inning against the New York Mets during Game 5 of the World Series at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Yankees won the game 4-2 to clinch their third consecutive

 

In Game Five of the 2000 World Series the Mets took a 2-1 lead into the top of the sixth inning.

Jeter stepped up with one out and went yard to tie it up at two off of Al Leiter.

Three innings later, Luis Sojo’s dramatic two-out, two-run single gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead, and their third consecutive World Series Title.

 

4. The Lead-off Home Run

 
In Game Four of the 2000 World Series, Derek Jeter took the first offering from Bobby Jones and smacked it out for the 16th lead-off home run in World Series history.

The Yankees won the game 3-2 to take a 3-1 series lead.

Jeter won his only World Series MVP Award; he went 9-for-22 with two home runs, two RBI and six runs scored.

 

3. Mr. 3000

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 09:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees waves to the fans after hitting a solo home run in the third inning for career hit 3000 while playing against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 9, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New
 
Out of the 28 hitters who reached the 3,000 hit plateau, none had a better day on the game they hit their 3000th than Jeter.

He went 5-for-5 on the day for just the second time in his career. His fifth hit, a single up the middle, gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead. Mariano Rivera preserved the win in the ninth with his 22nd save in his career.

Could this be the start of a monster second-half.

 

2. The Home Run That Shouldn’t Have Been

9 Oct 1996:  Batter Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees rounds first base after his controversial homerun in game one of the American League Championship Series during the Yankees 5-4 win over the Boston Orioles at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, N

The Baltimore Orioles held a 4-3 advantage heading into the bottom of the eighth with Armando Benitez on the mound.

Derek Jeter stepped to the plate with the bases empty with one out. Benitez started off the at-bat with a high fastball on the outside part of the plate; Jeter went with the pitch and lined it out to right field.

Orioles right fielder Tony Tarasco went back to camp under the ball, but 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier lunged over to retrieve his prize.

After a heated discussion between Tarasco, Orioles manager Davey Johnson and the right field umpire the home run stood.

Bernie Williams won the game in the 11th with a walk-off homer off of Randy Myers.

Luckily for the Yankees there was no replay back then. What a way to hit the first postseason home run of your career.

 

1. Mr. November

1 Nov 2001:   Derek Jeter #2  shortstop of the New York Yankees bats in game five of the 2001 World Series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks  at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York   The Yankees won 3-2. DIGITAL IMAGE  Mandatory Credit:   Jed Jacobsohn/All

The Arizona Diamondbacks were just an out away from putting the Yankees in a 3-1 series hole in the 2001 World Series.

They had a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth when Tino Martinez stepped up to the plate. Martinez, who’d been 0-for-9 heading into the at-bat launched a home run to center field off of Byung-Hyun Kim to tie the game at three.

In the bottom of the 10th, the clock struck midnight and marked the first World Series game to be played in November.

At 12:03 A.M., Jeter sliced a slider down the right field line just over the wall to give the Yankees a 4-3 walk-off win in the tenth.

 

 

 

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