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Derek Jeter passes Rod Carew, ties Rickey Henderson

With an infield single in the first inning on Wednesday, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter surpassed Rod Carew on baseball’s all-time hits list with 3,054, then equaled Rickey Henderson for 21st place with a third-inning RBI single.

Jeter tied Carew with a 3-for-3 performance in Tuesday’s 6-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Jeter tied the Hall of Fame infielder by legging out a ball hit to second base off righty Trevor Cahill.

As Jeter was approaching his 3,000th hit, Carew said that he has cheered for the Yankees captain from afar for some time.

“I’m a Derek Jeter fan,” Carew said. “I’ve watched this young man play since Day 1. I’ve always enjoyed the way he has played the game. When you go out there every day and you’re consistent, good things happen. That’s what has happened to Derek over the years as a hitter in the big leagues. He’s been a consistent player, a consistent hitter.”

Henderson had a 25-year big league career, logging 513 of those hits with the Yankees from 1985-89.

7/25 – Yankees vs. A’s

It’s another perfect summer afternoon here in the Bronx as the Yankees and A’s play the third game of this four-game series. The Yankee lineup has shifted a little bit as Derek Jeter is getting a half-day as the DH (Cody Ransom at shortstop) and Jorge Posada takes off the day game after the night game.

At some point, the Yankees are going to figure out how to give Alex Rodriguez a little rest. He’s played the first nine games coming out of the All-Star Break, so figure he’ll be on the bench for the series finale. Johnny Damon is on the bench but fine after taking that throw in the rear end last night on a run-scoring fielder’s choice.

There are no updates yet on Chien-Ming Wang, though it appears likely he’ll be seeing Dr. James Andrews early next week. And since we mentioned that Jeter passed Ted Williams (2,654) on baseball’s all-time hits list yesterday, it’s worth stating that today he ties Bernie Williams (2,076) in games played on the Yankees’ all-time list.

Some of the chatter in the press dining room – appropriate for a A’s vs. Yankees game – was about Rickey Henderson and how wonderful that Hall of Fame speech is going to be. Sadly, the John Olerud story (“I used to play with a guy who wore a helmet like that”) has been debunked, which is unfortunate because it’s a great story.

But Rickey’s malapropisms are the stuff of legend anyway. Here’s a guy who caused a stir in the A’s finance department by not cashing a $1 million bonus check, instead keeping it framed in his house.

My favorite is the tale (again, may or may not be true) about a player who, late in Henderson’s career, asked why he would sit in the front of the bus. As a veteran, Henderson would have had the tenure to take a seat in the back.

“Tenure?” Henderson is said to have replied. “What are you talking about?  Rickey’s got 16, 17 years.”

One of a kind.

ATHLETICS (40-55)
Kennedy 3B
Cabrera SS
Hairston LF
Garciaparra DH
Cust RF
Davis CF
Crosby 1B
Ellis 2B
Powell C

Pitching: Gio Gonzalez (1-2, 9.33)

YANKEES (59-37)

Jeter DH
Gardner CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera LF
Ransom SS
Molina C

Pitching: Andy Pettitte (8-5, 4.62)

Yankees react to Rickey’s election

From the Yankees:

“There
was only one Rickey Henderson in baseball. He was the greatest leadoff hitter
of all time. I consider him a great friend with tremendous spirit and a true
Yankee.”

George
M. Steinbrenner (Yankees Chairperson)

“Rickey
and I have been friends for a long time, and I am ecstatic for him. I’ve
been fortunate and blessed to have played with a great number of phenomenal
baseball players but pound-for-pound, Rickey Henderson is the best player
I’ve ever played beside. No one was able to impact the course of a game
in as many ways as Rickey. This is a great day for him, and I can’t wait
to hear his acceptance speech.”

Willie
Randolph (Yankees teammate from 1985-88 and Oakland teammate in 1990)

“His
election is well-deserved. He was one of the best players I that ever played
with and obviously the best leadoff hitter in baseball. We had a lot of fun
pushing each other to play at higher levels. I’m very glad to see he got
in.”

Dave
Winfield (Hall of Famer and Yankees teammate from 1985-88)

“Rickey
was one of the most competitive players I’ve ever seen. He was
relentless. He could beat you with his legs and his bat, and he could beat you
from the leadoff position, which was something people hadn’t seen before.
As a person, Rickey was very funny and generous. I hung out and talked with him
a lot, and we used to go to dinner. I enjoyed every minute of those
years.”

Ken Griffey, Sr.
(Yankees teammate from 1985-86)

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