Baseball 77: Derek Jeter

In the days before Derek Jeter got his 3,000th hit, I wrote a 3,000-word essay about what he means. I've updated it here. Derek Jeter will not be remembered for 3,000 hits. None in the club are remembered for the number. That's not exactly how it works. of the 32 men who have batted safely three thousand times in a career is known for something else, something visceral, something that inflames the memory. Clemente's arm. Ripken's daily persistence. Rickey beating the tag. Mays' hat flying off. Yaz's stance. Musial breaking out of the box. Aaron's unassuming home run trot. Ichiro's chop. Cobb's sharpened spikes. Rose in head-first flight ...

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