Brian Heyman here with a chance to possibly see history tonight. All the pregame chatter has been about Derek Jeter, being three hits away from 3,000. The Captain had a press conference. He spoke about the prospect of 3,000 and his career. He said he wasn’t sure how he would feel when it happens, whether it would be euphoria or relief.
“I don’t know,” Jeter said. “Maybe a little bit of both.”
Jeter was surprised to find out about five years ago that no player had accomplished 3,000 hits as a Yankee. He has taken a look at the 27 names in the 3,000 club.
“All those guys played for a long, long time, had long, successful careers,” Jeter said. “One thing I think gets overlooked in baseball stats is guys who have 200-hit seasons. Home runs go up and down. Runs go up and down. But 200-hit seasons, there are usually only three or four guys in both leagues combined that get 200 hits. In order to get 3,000 hits, you have to do that for 15 years. In order to be on that list, you’re going to have to play for a very, very long time and be consistent.”
Jeter takes pride in consistency and reliability.
“The thing I always wanted to do is when came to the field, I wanted the organization to have a pretty good idea who was going to play shortstop,” Jeter said. “I take a lot of pride in going out there every single day. That’s why I like to play every day and try to be as consistent as possible. I think the thing that’s the most difficult to do in our sport is be consistent. Playing well gets you here. Consistency keeps you here. That’s the thing I’ve always tried to focus on. You’re going to have good years. You’re going to have bad years. For the most part, I’ve tried to be as consistent as possible. I do take a lot of pride in that. I think that’s the reason why I’m still playing now.”
Plus, he loves being the shortstop and a durable figure, outside of this last calf injury.
“That’s my job,” he said. “My job is to play every day. When I came up in this organization, when The Boss was here, young players, at first we didn’t get too many opportunities. That all started with Bernie, Bernie having success. When we got that opportunity, we didn’t want to sit out because we thought someone else was going to play. You never want to be in a situation where someone else comes in and does your job. That’s why myself, Jorge, Mariano, Andy, the guys who came up in the organization, we wanted to be out there every day. Pitching-wise, they wanted to be out there every five days, or Mo to be available every day to pitch. I’ve taken a lot of pride to try to be out there every single day.”
Rivera planned to test the triceps muscle that has been bothering him by having a higher intensity catch. He hasn’t pitched in the last three games.