What a fantastic day for the Yankee Captain, smashing a home run for his 3,000th hit, going 5 for 5, and driving in the winning run. Just awesome, beyond words, really. Congratulations to a very classy, all-time great Yankee. I watched the replay on MLB TV, since the live game started at 2 a.m. our time. I didn’t subscribe to MLB TV this season until just a few days ago. I originally thought that Jeter would reach the milestone while I was on vacation, but that quest was delayed when he went on the disabled list. The main reason I purchased the subscription was to see him get that hit; it was certainly worth the $24.99 a month that I paid.
The other feel good story coming out of the game is that the fan who caught the home run ball decided to just give it back to Jeter. Many people would have kept it and sold it at auction. Some estimates of its worth range close to $250,000. This guy said it deserved to go to Jeter because of all his hard work–he earned it. I couldn’t agree more. Congratulations also, then, to lifelong Yankees fan Christian Lopez for being such a classy guy. Overall, a great baseball day, a great game, a great story.