Obviously the milestone will be special wherever Jeter ends up doing it, but with four games left on the Yankees homestand and Jeter seven hits away, it’s just possible enough for him to do it in the Bronx that the attention will be ratcheted up even more.
“I’d be lying to you if I told you I haven’t been thinking about it,” Jeter said yesterday. “Yeah, I’d love to do it at home.”
Jorge Posada said he wants to see it happen at Yankee Stadium. So did Joe Girardi. And so did Mark Teixeira. Everyone wants Jeter to be in pinstripes, as opposed to road grays, when he finally gets to 3,000. So what are the chances it happens?
Somewhere around decent, I’d say. As the guys at River Ave. Blues noted, Jeter has had seven hits in four games in the past, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility. It’s worth noting, though, that he’ll probably need some help: the last four-game stretch where he had seven hits, for example, was May 19-22 and Jeter had 19 plate appearances in those four games. Getting up that many times requires some offense from the rest of the Yankees, too (the team scored 30 runs in four games then).
If you’re looking for some historical perspective, check out this story. Some interesting nuggets there about others on the cusp of 3,000 and how long (or short) it took them to get there. I like the way Craig Biggio did it, going 5-for-6 in an 11-inning win. Doesn’t that sound like something Jeter would do?
* That’s an AP shot of Jeter’s RBI single in the eighth inning yesterday.