Derek Jeter was exactly how you’d expect him to be after accomplishing yet another huge feat in his career. He was quintessentially Derek Jeter. It was more about team accomplishments than him moving into sole possession of seventh place on Major League Baseball’s All-Time hits list.
Jeter was perfect on the night going 3-4 with a walk in the New York Yankees 4-2 loss to the last place Texas Rangers. Ranger’s ace Yu Darvish was dealing as usual, striking out eight batters and walking just one. He gave up nine hits, a third of which were to Jeter and worked out of a jam in the seventh inning by striking out Yankee catcher Brian McCann with two on and two out in the seventh inning.
After getting out of the jam Darvish showed quite a bit of emotion, shouting and pumping his fist, which is rare for the Japanese born pitcher.
“I’m just glad they didn’t tie the game,” Darvish said. “It was late in the game, and it was a close game, and it got close to a win, so I think I just showed emotions because of that.”
After passing Carl Yastrzemski on baseball’s all time hits list with a single in the seventh inning, he had tied Yaz with a ground rule double in the third, Jeter was asked what his most memorable moment at Global Life Park (formerly the Ballpark in Arlington) was. Jeter told reporters,
“We’ve had some battles here in the postseason. Early in my career, on the way to the World Series, we had to go through some tough Texas teams. That’s what stands out the most.”
See? He was being the typically selfless Jeter that the baseball world has come to know and love. He’s never bigger than being part of a team or bigger than the game itself, he’s just Derek Jeter.