Before leaving this game for good, Derek Jeter decided to dig the knife a little deeper into Boston Red Sox fans. The New York Yankees shortstop went 3-for-4 in a 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Monday night and, in doing so, passed Carl Yastrzemski for seventh place on the all-time hits list.
The decisive knock came in the top of the seventh inning with a single to right center.
Fans in Arlington gave Jeter a standing ovation after reaching the milestone, and Rangers manager Ron Washington said a few words about the retiring star following Texas' win, per Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe joked that Yastrzemski hasn't had the best of weeks, with David Ortiz also passing him on the all-time home run list last Monday:
Barring an injury or unforeseen catastrophe, Jeter shouldn't be in seventh for very long. With 3,420 hits, he's only 10 away from Honus Wagner for sixth place and 95 away from Tris Speaker in fifth, according to MLB.com. At the very least, sixth place is realistic, and fifth could be doable if he hits a hot streak during the stretch run.
If Jeter wants to track down Stan Musial for fourth (3,630), he'll probably have to play another season.
This is just another accolade to add to the 40-year-old's legendary career resume. He can't really do anything more to embolden his legacy at this point, but he might as well overtake as many Red Sox players in the record books as he possibly can.