Derek Jeter Is Number Two!

Jesse RobichaudContributor ISeptember 10, 2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees grounds out in his third at bat during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 7, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter last night tied Lou Gehrig's 70 year old record for most hits by a Yankee with 2,721 hits.

At first I was surprised that no Yankee had ever reached 3,000 hits in their career considering the Yankees have one of the most storied franchises in sports. Derek Jeter should accomplish that late next season or early 2011. He also has a decent shot at 4,000.  

Another thing I noticed while watching the Yankees beat the Rays last night was all the retired numbers the Yankees have. The Yankees have retired a total of 15 numbers in their history. But what struck me was how many of the numbers had a single digit. Derek Jeter somehow managed to get a single digit number as a rookie.

Single digit Yankee retired numbers:

1. Billy Martin
3. Babe Ruth
4. Lou Gehrig
5. Joe Dimaggio
7. Mickey Mantle
8. Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey
9. Roger Marris

Quite the lineup. The only two numbers missing are 2 (Jeter's number) and 6. Mickey Mantle also wore number 6 at points in his career.
   
Jeter was drafted 6th overall by the Yankees and spent 4 years in the minor leagues, including batting .202 in 1992. He was by no mean the savior of the franchise he is now. Yet somehow he managed to grab the number two jersey. Did he know something we didn't?

Jeter has played his entire career as a Yankee and I see no reason why he won't retire with them. There is certainly no reason why he won't join the greats of Yankee lore and get his number 2 retired.

If a Yankee comes up through their farm system and somehow manages to get the number 6, get him on your fantasy team.