An afternoon game Wednesday at Seattle's Safeco Field between the Mariners and New York Yankees saw over 36,000 come out for sun, baseball, and it seems, Derek Jeter. The stadium was awash with Jeter jerseys, his name on the back of kids and adults.
Jeter didn't disappoint his fans, as the veteran shortstop, playing career game number 2,522, went 3-4 including a first-inning solo home-run, in helping his club to a 5-2 win. Jeter was also hit by a pitch in the eighth, igniting a rally and coming around to score when pinch-hitter Jayson Nix doubled to clear the bases.
"I've come to see the Yankees and Mariners play for sure," Mariner fan, Vita said. "But I've also come to see Derek Jeter play. He's just such a great player and has been for so long."
Jeter's three hits were the 3,213th, 3,214th and 3,215th of his illustrious career. The 38-year-old sits in 14th place all-time in the MLB hits list, 27 behind Napolean Lajoie, who played at the turn of the 20th century, and exactly 100 hits behind Eddie Collins for 10th spot. His run scored in the first on his homer was Jeter's 1,823rd run scored, moving him into 15th place all-time.
Jeter and Rodriquez hit by pitches
The Yankees leave Seattle winning the series, 2-1, and return home after playing 14 of their last 22 games on the road. Jeter was hit by a pitch twice in the series and teammate Alex Rodriguez once, leaving him with a broken hand; Rodriquez on the DL and expected to miss up to six weeks.
Before the game, Jeter, by far the most popular player amongst autograph seekers, was seen shaking hands with hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, in attendance for the game.