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From Anthony DiComo:
They now stand in succession, according to accomplishment: Derek Jeter
and Lou Gehrig up top, followed by Babe Ruth, and then Mickey Mantle.
That is how the Yankees’ all-time hits list reads after Wednesday’s 4-2
win, a game in which Jeter tied Gehrig for the most hits in team
Jeter said Wednesday night that the milestone had been on his mind, and how could it not? It seemed like he was being asked about it every 25 seconds. But now that he’s there:
“It means a lot,” Jeter said. “I’m a Yankees fan, was a Yankees fan
growing up. Coming up through this organization, I know a lot about the
history and what [Gehrig] stood for. Being a captain, he’s probably one
of the classiest people to ever play the game. To be alongside him –
at least for a day in pretty much anything that you can do — to have
your name next to his is quite an accomplishment.”
To consider that Derek Jeter and Lou Gehrig (for at least a day) stand tied at the top of the Yankees’ hit list really is remarkable. One of my favorite interviews in leading up to this milestone was with Jonathan Eig, who wrote the acclaimed 2005 Gehrig biography “Luckiest Man.” Here’s what he had to say about how Gehrig might have felt this morning:
“I think Gehrig would have loved Jeter — personally and
professionally,” Eig said. “Gehrig didn’t have a lot of friends, but I
suspect Jeter’s the kind of guy Lou would have invited home to have
dinner with the folks. And he certainly would have been proud to see
Jeter step in as captain and handle the job so gracefully.”
All-time Yankees hit leaders
Had some time to think on the 4 train this morning, which is never a good thing …
It’s Old-Timer’s Day here at Yankee Stadium, the 63rd annual edition and the first since the Yankees crossed the street. That’s got everyone in a little bit of a nostalgic mood, and I got to pondering this question — if Doc Brown rolled the DeLorean up to your front door this morning and offered to take you to any one game you’d want to see, where would you go?
Seriously, I gave this a lot of thought for about four subway stops. And here’s what I’ve decided — I couldn’t pick just one game. I’ll break them down by stadiums, because I think that’s the only way you can do it.
If it’s the pre-renovation Yankee Stadium, it’s an extremely tough call, but I think I’m heading to October 1956 to see Don Larsen’s perfect game. I’d love to see Lou Gehrig’s speech, but there’s a certain aura about the 1950s that would be cool to experience.
Post-renovation, I think being in the Stadium for Reggie Jackson’s three homers in 1977 would have been incredible — just the grit and excitement of the ‘Bronx is Burning’ years, seeing the rough Bronx neighborhood and the passion that team inspired. A lot of you were probably there for it, I’d imagine. What a fun team that must have been.
And as long as we’re talking New York baseball, I caught Game 6 of the 1986 World Series recently on TV and — not even for the Bill Buckner error, but just that whole amazing 10th inning in general — that would get my choice for Shea Stadium games. What say you?