MLB 2011 Season in Review: Derek Jeter Goes 5-for-5 for 3,000th Hit
The 2011 MLB season produced a number of memorable moments cemented in history. From Albert Pujols’ three home run World Series game, to a multiple of no-hitters and even a 19-inning game, none top the single most memorable moment of the 2011 MLB season
To be honest, it had been a long time coming-and everybody knew it was coming. In his chase for his 3,000th career hit, Derek Jeter had been riding a rough road.
He had been in a slump the majority of the first half of the season and had missed 20 games after being placed on the disabled list on June 13th. Pressure had been building on Jeter, who had wanted to reach the record in the Bronx, for the hometown fans and family.
On July 9th in the Bronx, Jeter wrote his name in the record books. Derek Jeter joined the 3,000 hit club. He became the 28th player in baseball history to complete the milestone and surprisingly, the first Yankee to reach the plateau.
The milestone and his performance throughout that July 9th game made it even more of a memorable moment. Jeter went 5-for-5 in the game, as he hit No. 3,000, a home run, against Tampa Bay’s David Price. Eventually, Jeter recorded the go-ahead base hit to secure the 5-4 victory against Tampa.
Being the first New York Yankee to achieve the 3,000-hit club, the Bronx stopped the game for four spectacular minutes to salute their captain. One of the most consistent and clutch players of all time, Jeter competed with one team, in one position, for his entire career.
The unfortunate thing about the Jeter moment? It truly didn’t receive the national respect and notoriety it should have. Sure, we saw the highlights on ESPN, but was the moment really captured and revered?
No, but it should have. Reaching 3,000 hits with one team and one position for almost 20 years? Going 5-for-5 while hitting 3,000 with a home run? Reaching 3,000 in the Bronx in front of his fanbase? It sounds like Derek Jeter’s 3,000th career hit is the single most memorable moment of the 2011 MLB season
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