NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Derek Jeter’s bid for one of baseball’s most hallowed milestones, a mark never reached by other New York Yankees’ greats, is complete.

Mobbed by his pinstriped pals after the ball sailed into the left-field seats, showered by ovations from his fans, Derek Jeter stood alone – the first Yankees player to 3,000 hits.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports: Derek Jeter becomes Mr. 3,000

His first home run at Yankee Stadium this year, too.

A fitting crown for the captain.

With a swift swing of his shiny black bat, Jeter jolted himself into historic company, homering off Tampa Bay ace David Price in the third inning Saturday. He joined former teammate Wade Boggs as the only players to do it with a home run.

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The crowd went wild at Yankee Stadium when Jeter became Mr. 3,000. His teammates surrounded him while everyone in stands cheered “Derek Jeter! Derek Jeter!”

With a big smile on his face, Jeter hugged his teammates. It was a special time for No. 2. His second hit of the game, and right at 2 p.m.

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The ball, one of the specially marked ones put in play for the occasion, disappeared into a cluster of fans a few rows beyond the wall. Surely, a valuable souvenir to savor.

This was a fairy tale ending not only for Jeter and the Yankees, but for the thousands of fans who were in the stadium to witness the 3,000th hit and many flocked to the concession stands to get their hands on DJ3K memorabilia.

A fan with a commemorative Derek Jeter 3000th hit book (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

“I don’t think there will be another person doing the same thing anytime soon,” said one fan. “First time here in New York, it is great, beautiful.”

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“I knew when he first hit it, it was going all the way,” said another fan. “I first saw Jeter in 1995, so I am very happy.”

Jeter was two hits short of the milestone at the start of Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay before singling in his first at bat.

The New York Yankees star grounded a single through the hole into left field and smiled as he reached first base.

The 37-year-old Jeter is just the 28th major leaguer to get 3,000 hits and the first to do it with the Yankees.

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Comments (77)
  1. Ellen says:

    I congratulate Derek Jeter on his 3,000 thousand home runs. Good for you Derek, and this coming from a Red Sox fan who lives in the Lowell Massachusetts area.

  2. Tony says:

    If I caught that ball, it would have ended up at SOUTHEBY”S auction house. Just like players hold out and negotiate for large sums of money, and just how clubs charge large amounts of money to go to the games, I would have told the Yankees to get in line and bid for the ball if you want it. They are a billion dollar franchise for goodness sakes. This kid who caught the ball is going to think long and hard, when he gets married one day and is struggling like all of us to pay a mortgage and educate our kids. The Yankees won’t be there to pay for any of that. That ball would have fetched up to $500 thousand on the open market.

    1. liz says:

      Tony, I understand what you’re saying and I partially agree. The flip side of the coin is —- it’s not always about the money! Just sometimes it’s about something else —– integrity and doing what your heart tells you to do! I certainly could understand both sides but I applaud this fan for taking the high road. It says ALOT about the character of a person that goes against the tide and follows his OWN beliefs.

  3. lydia says:

    How much more of an effort is it to write out ‘by the way?’ I weep for the intelligentsia in their halls of learning.
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    many of the comments sadly show to me how this once great american was invented here not in china cupcakes…has just become $$$hungry..selfish and just a lot of dumb stats…but once in a while a great player comes along and hits the big one..thanks mr got style and class…good for if you could only hit that 3 trillion deficit out of the park…and take that bat and knock some sense into some of our politicians heads…

  5. RustyJ says:

    Congratulations DJ. My kids wear the #2 not just because of your hits but the way you carry yourself and the game. It is rare to find a player the woman love and the men admire as well. Our whole family cheers for Derrik. There are alot of spoiled jerks in the game and Jeter is not one of them.

    Meanwhile Rose may have been the best hitter in the game but he was the biggest jerk arrogant nasty and a degenerate who controlled outcome of the game from the managers position using all his bullpoen to win a game that he bet on. He says he nver bet the Reds to lose but isnt a no bet a bet to lose. Also how bout those green beanies he and all the other speed freaks in the 70s were chewing on. Get your facts straight. And for the other idiots it’s Clemens not Clemonds.

  6. Paul D says:

    How much more of an effort is it to write out ‘by the way?’ I weep for the intelligentsia in their halls of learning.

  7. Paul D says:

    It is increasingly clear that you suffer from an attention deficit disorder. But luckily for you, there are pharmaceutics made for that purpose. Maybe a script of Ritalin would do the trick. But for now, here you are, play with daddy’s watch while he catches the end of the game.

  8. Barb says:

    Jealousy breeds contempt.

  9. maudie says:

    Fan who caught the ball got 6 baseball bats and 3 Yankee bumper stickers; $250,000 would have secured his children in their retirement if invested in a post Obama economy. Oh well, Dad will be a stud driving around NY with his free bumper stickers on his Volt.

  10. Paul D says:

    I don’t know about any of you out there, but I think that the best part about this being done with is that I won’t have to hear Michael Kay falling all over himself over every idiosyncratic aspect and minutiae of the game that would bring Jeter to the plate once more. It had become nauseating, like the game itself and its outcome was just an afterthought. Jim Kaat, where are you?

  11. Fred Davenport says:

    What is Yes thinking???? When they cut away from the Jeter press conference and did NOT show the interview with the #2 star of the day. The nice guy who immediately gave the ball back to Jeter. To cut away from a real human story of the day was STUPID.

    Congrats to Jeter and shame on Yes 🙁

  12. Mike says:

    From what I understand the moron that caught the ball, gave it back for tickets for the rest of the season and some other worthless trinkets. I think I would of held out for a check with a lot of zeros on it after the 1. Call me greedy but I would of used it as my retirement plan.

    1. JohnD says:

      He gave it back because he wanted Jeter and the team to have the ball; he never asked for anything, and they gave him autographed gear and a private box for the rest of the season (and whatever happens during the post-season). And I wouldn’t call any of that worthless – the box alone is worth several grand, and a bat just autographed by Jeter’s hand (not a machine) currently is at $3,000 on Ebay – imagine what one will be worth now, or after Jeter retires.

      1. Mike says:

        Wow a box seat for the rest of the season, and a signed bat worth 3k, someday maybe worth what, 10k. I still would of held out for the big check. JohnD I hope your not anyone’s financial advisor. The Yankees are a billion dollar franchise. This moron got soaked.

  13. Joe dirt says:

    Jeter looks like he juices.

    1. ned3123 says:

      and you ARE an IDIOT for THINKING it and a BIGGER IDIOT for posting YOUR STUPIDITY

  14. idiotmitten says:

    Meh. Tell me when he gets 1,257 more hits. Then THAT will be worth something.

  15. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

    Oh well. I was hoping that #3000 would come as a pinch-hitter with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th in a 1-game playoff with runners on 2nd & 3rd and the Yanks down by a run– a line-shot down the 3rd base line, hitting A-Rod in fair territory to end the season.

  16. Delphinus13 says:

    PLEASE don’t waste a dime of your money on that book. I did and want my money back. It’s an absolutely terrible, high-school fiction level book.

  17. Bobster says:

    I hate the Yankees, but I like Jeter and Switzer.

    1. Pauk D says:

      Who’s Switzer?

      1. Jim says:

        That drink with vodka in it.

      2. Paul D says:

        So he stirs the drink? Is he the Jewish Reggie?

  18. Chief Wahoo says:

    Forgot to mention that the best thing about Derek is that he is a one club guy. Whether its the owners or players, greed always seems to mess up the one team career. We don’t get many of these anymore. I watched this guy as a AAA Clipper and have liked him ever since (even if he is a Yankee).

    1. john says:

      No greed?? Hes only making a zillion dollars!!

      1. Chief Wahoo says:

        He could have received more elsewhere…

  19. spalsh says:

    When he gets to 4192 please let me know!!!!!! All this hoopla just cause he is a Yankee. It stinks!!!

    1. Bill says:

      Or 4256!

    2. JohnD says:

      There’s fewer than 30 guys in the 3000 club. There’s a reason why the Bernie Mac movie rotated around 3000 hits – it’s a rarity. Stop hating on him just because he’s a Yankee.

  20. Chief Wahoo says:

    Dear Mr. Jeter,

    As an Indians fan, I have to say that I generally hate the Yankees. Living in central Ohio though gave me the chance to see and take notice of you when you were a Clipper. I still has the promo game program with the cards of you and Posada from way back. I think that you are a great testament to the game and I admire you for your class. Please keep the game great. Boy, what I would have given to see a dream infield of Visquel, Alomar and you display your majic together. Congrats on a job well done.

  21. Ken Pittman says:

    As a life long Boston Red Sox fan, I’ll compliment him much more after he retires as a Yankee but this guy Jeter has to be considered a top 5 all-time New York Yankee on the list. I’m sure there are one or two arguments against it but his numbers state a strong case and his remarkable career comes with no scandal or controversy. What a pleasure it has been to watch this man’s entire career, despite the fact that I rooted against his team’s success, I always knew he was going to make history and now has once again.

    1. bill p says:

      Excellent comment.

    2. Joe Fusco says:

      Excellent comment x 2

  22. Rick says:

    I am a Mariner fan, but I recognize and respect greatness when I see it. Congratulations, Derek, for this monumental accomplishment! Yankee fans and baseball fans everywhere should be proud and awed.

    1. Barb says:

      Nice comment, Rick. I’m a Yankee fan, but when any player reaches any milestone, I am in awe. Regardless of what team they play for. Had Big Papi been the one to have reached it, I’d have cheered him – not display jealous disrespect, like many in these fans’ comments have, simply because Jeter is a Yankee.

  23. Michael W says:

    Congrats Derek for a job well done. Now, PLEASE, do not mess it up with anything that would taint your ability to be a hero to kids who love the game. Many of us are praying for you for just that because kids who love sports need role models to show them how it is done the right way..

    1. Bart B says:

      Well Said.

  24. BigBoa says:

    While the mighty Boa is far from being a fan of NY, this is still quite a feat to accomplish. Thus, the mighty Boa would like to congratulate Baby Rock on his success.

  25. David Lieb says:

    Leave it to Jeter To Hit 3000 In Walkoff Homerun Style Fashion A Moment That Will Live In NY Yankee Infamy

    1. Paul Gabriel says:

      Brilliant analysis, David (sarcasm). It’s not possible to hit a walkoff homer in the third inning….

      1. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

        When I’m in charge, EVERY Yankee road game will be a walkoff.

  26. Archy Cary says:

    WOW!! In the face of everything else going on, this is so….so…so monumentally important.

    1. TomB says:

      Please, its a great achievement, but let’s not get carried away.

      1. Paul D says:

        I think that was meant tongue in cheek there, Tom.

  27. Herdfan137 says:

    I would love to have 15 players just like Jeter!!!

  28. billybeer says:

    He is a credit to his race, the human race. His family is one of the wonderful reminders that offspring are almost always a product of their environment. Doctor and Mrs Jeter have guided their children as all parents should. With love and expectations of good citizenship and integrity.

    That, to me is America!

  29. Fats Cunningham says:

    It is always quite amusing to read the criticism from fat, slow, unskilled, no talent, unathletic people who could not even play minor league baseball .

    Congratulations to Derek Jeter on his performance.

    1. TomB says:

      What are you talking about? The *one* comment talking about Pete Rose? Yeah, those anti-Jeter hordes really are trolling today.

      1. Yankthis says:

        ***Yeah, those anti-Jeter hordes really are trolling today.***

        You’re one of them. Just sayin’.

  30. Jim Feury says:

    Derek Jeter truly one of baseball’s all time greats. Mr & Mrs Jeter you raised a great son, thank you.

  31. rick b says:

    Class act! Great example to kids of all sports.!

  32. shawn says:

    who cares, glad this is over just so people stop talking about it…

  33. Tom Greaney says:

    Jeter has been an ambassador for the game of baseball and a class act. Mr. Clutch strikes again! Congratulations to you, Derek, you family and all of us fans. You’ve brought us many amazing moments in your career! Thank you. Tom Greaney and Karen Dole, Lisbon CT–INVETERATE YANKEE AND JETER FANS!

  34. Rick Manz says:

    Wouldn’t it be something if 5 years down the road we found out he was gived growth hormones (hello Rodger Clemonds).

    1. ned3123 says:

      it would be better if we found out in 5 years that your BRAIN DAMAGE was reversed

  35. Mark Singh says:

    Big congrats to one of the best players of the game!

  36. al hooper says:

    A credit to the game – an intelligent player – Congrats!

  37. Fred says:

    Right up there with all the great”s in baseball. congrats !!

  38. Mike_88 says:

    Was it a perfect pitch down the middle so the pitcher’s name would be locked in history with this event?

  39. Johnnie A. says:

    Congrats to Derek, the first player on the greatest sports team in history to 3,000 hits! Mr. Class Act on the classiest franchise in sports.

    1. Duane says:

      Really, just the best TEAM money can buy.

      1. John says:

        ALL major league teams are bought. That how it is done!!!

  40. steve says:

    OVERATED!! I’m sure if Pete Rose played in a band box like yankee stadium his whole career he would have 10,000 hits. I’m not saying Jeter isn’t a good player, but there are definitely a lot of much better players.

    1. jls says:

      oh, come on! a LOT??? of MUCH BETTER??? players? his 17-year career speaks for itself.

    2. rob says:

      hey steve- your comment is way out of bounds.
      Last itime I looked, every infield in basball is the identical size.
      How does a band box comment get you more hits if most of your hits are singles and doubles?
      Jeter is a good basball player. He is certainly HOF, first ballot, no questions asked………..
      No Yankee until now has ever hit 3,000 hits.
      If you cannot say anything good, just stay home…….Congratulations , Derek Jeter

      1. John Milner says:

        Jeter is a class act and a great baseball player. All pro players should be more like him.

    3. billybeer says:

      Yeah, just think how much Pete Rose could have made betting on the Yankees as a player, with the ability to affect the score. Boggles the mind!!

    4. Paul D says:

      A band box would suit the home run hitter, which Jeter is not. And Yankee Stadium, in every incarnation has been a band box only in one direction- right field. Center and left fields are as big as any other park. Jeter’s remarkability lies in his post season numbers and clutch performances when titles are on the line. Most wilt under the big lights of playoff baseball while he raises his game. That, my friend, is the mark of a true champion.

  41. Edbriel Rdz says:

    One of the greatest players on and off the field. CONGRATS!!! NO steroids, only good food and a clean shave.

    Derek you are the best!

  42. HUGO says:

    What a dramatic way to get number 3,000. HOME RUN! Derek Jeter is the MVP.

    1. Andy says:

      Great player, no doubt. Great achievement, no doubt. But MVP is a season award, and Jeter isn’t even close this season.

  43. Abric says:

    I tip my hat to Derek Jeter. Mr 3000!

  44. Suzie Broomes says:

    Huge Congrats! Well deserved 3000 and counting!

  45. Jay says:

    He’d have 6000 hits had he been using a 361 wood bat all of these years

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