The game on September 9th was an epic duel between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays, with the Yankees coming back from behind to win 4-2. But with the Yankees looking like a lock for the playoffs, and the Rays fading ever so quickly from contention, this game might not seem to have had much significance for either team…
But, it was certainly a night for record-breaking! The focus was on Derek Jeter’s pursuit of Lou Gehrig’s 2,721 Yankee hits, which Mr. Jeter successfully tied due to having a three-hit evening. However, while Mr. Jeter tied a team hits record, the Rays’ Carl Crawford stepped in and demolished the old Tampa Bay hits record. He stands in sole position of the most hits in Tampa Bay history, with 1,274.
Tampa Bay has a storied baseball history, from the days of yore when the Devil Rays franchise was born to the more recent times in which the team shed its evil-sounding moniker and ascending in good deeds (and wins) as the sunshine-filled Tampa Bay Rays. The franchise’s hallowed records have been falling quickly over the years, in no small part to due Mr. Crawford, who leads the team in doubles, triples, stolen bases, games played, at bats, and strike outs.
The legendary Tampa Bay hits record of 1,273, certainly embedded in the mind of Rays fans everywhere, had been waiting to be Crawford’s next victim. And so, on the evening of September 9, 2009, Carl Crawford, did what he is wont to do… He got a hit. Subsequently, that magical number of 1,273, which has stood the test of time since Crawford went 3 for 4 the day before, finally fell. Congratulations Mr. Jeter. Hopefully you can follow Mr. Crawford and claim your team’s hits record in sole possession of first place.