By Christian Binder, WSOE Sports
On a day when the city of New York felt a lot of pain, Derek Jeter gave the fans at Yankee Stadium something to cheer about. In the third inning of the Yankees’ game against the Baltimore Orioles, Derek Jeter passed Lou Gehrig as the all-time hits leader for the New York Yankees.
To put this in historical perspective, Lou Gehrig held the record for 70 years. The names that are behind Gehrig: Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Bernie Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Don Mattingly, and Yogi Berra – all players that are icons in Yankee lore. Now Derek Jeter stands above them all. Jeter got his first hit in May of 1995 against the Seattle Mariners. 15 years and four championships later, it seems like Jeter has it all. However, he has never won the MVP award and this year could very well be it for him. He is batting .331 with 17 home runs, 63 RBI, 97 runs, and 25 stolen bases. Plus, the Yankees currently have an 8.5-game lead in arguably the toughest division in baseball. Jeter is known for his devotion to his team and even if he doesn’t win the MVP this year, it won’t matter unless the Yankees win the World Series.
Here’s to Derek Jeter, one of the best players to ever play the game.