The New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter has become the 28th player in major league history to register 3,000 hits, and he did it by slamming a David Price curveball into the left field seats at Yankee Stadium in the top of the third inning Saturday afternoon.
In doing so, he became the second player to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit — Wade Boggs of the then Devil Rays did so in 1999 — and also became the 11th player to have 3,000 hits, all for one team.
Jeter was the second hitter to bat in the bottom of the third inning in Saturday’s game against the Rays; he took a ball, then a called strike, then another ball from Price. After a foul ball, Price threw a pitch outside the zone to run the count to 3-2. Jeter then fouled off two Price offerings before hitting the home run for the milestone hit.
It was the third home run of the season for Jeter and 237th of his career. And, also importantly for Yankee fans, it tied the game 1-1.