3000 light years from home

As a life long Mets fan, and I’m talking since they day they joined the League, I’m definitely not a big fan of Derek Jeter. But the twitter machine tells me he hit a homer on his 3000th hit, which has only happened twice in the history of baseball. Also, too, the first one to hit the 3000 while wearing a NY uniform. So congrats. Good job and all that. More stats here for those who love numbers.

Meanwhile, not sure on the etiquette here. I may be over-stepping my bounds as a guest but I’m seeing a request for an open thread. So consider this open…






66 replies
  1. 1
    NobodySpecial says:

    FTFY.

    That is all.

  2. 2
    MikeJ says:

    As much as I hate the fucking Yankees, it ain’t because they suck.

  3. 3
    Bob says:

    As a lifelong Yankees fan, this day seemed like as if there really is a contract with the devil. 5/5 with a stolen base, drives in the winning run, #3000 is a home run, Arod has to sit it out, Rivera closes out the game.

    Fan who catches #3000 RETURNS the ball asking for nothing despite the ridiculous value on it and it may have been his birthday since the tickets were bday gifts.
    Yankees give him suite tickets for the rest of the year including playoffs, a chance to meet Jeter and signed memorabilia.

  4. 4
    2liberal says:

    FTMFYs

    in addition to nobodyspecial’s comment @1

  5. 5
    Corner Stone says:

    I’m not sure this has been said recently. Even so, it can’t be said enough:
    Tricia Helfer! You go girl! Damn!”

  6. 6
    ira-NY says:

    Jeter exhibited grace under pressure today.

  7. 7
    Corner Stone says:

    @Bob:

    RETURNS the ball asking for nothing despite the ridiculous value on it and it may have been his birthday since the tickets were bday gifts.

    Definitely something wicked this way comes.

  8. 8
    Phyllis says:

    In other news, the Braves are not rolling over and playing dead for the Phillies.

    McCann home run. Mr. AllStar!!

  9. 9
    Chris Wolf says:

    He had the record for most hits by a Yankee two seasons ago.
    Jeter being the first Yankee to 3000 hits was inevitable, because Ruth and Gehrig are dead, and being dead, were not likely to beat him to 3000.

  10. 10
    PanAmerican says:

    I don’t know much about this base-ball of which you speak, but damn, Germany just bombed out of the Women’s World Cup.

  11. 11
    hilts says:

    Rick Santelli is off his meds again
    h/t http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnb.....bt-ceiling

  12. 12
    middlewest says:

    Must see: Truth Wins Out has the goods on Bachman’s ex-gay therapy.

    Time to start attacking their funding.

  13. 13
    efgoldman says:

    Sox fan.
    Since, well not birth, but since my family returned to Boston, ca. 1960 (I was 15).
    Hate the Yankees. Hate the pinstripes. Hate the stadium. Hated George Steinbrenner. Hated the “mystique.”
    Once upon a time, hated Yogi, Jeter and Mo.
    Can’t, anymore.
    Got too much respect for too much winning (Yogi being the Bill Russell of baseball, and all) and for pure, unadulterated class (all 3, but especially for Jeter and Mo.
    The most unbelievable thing is that no Yankee ever did it before. Wow!
    Maybe because they had a history of dumping aging players?
    Joe Posnanski had an excellent cover story about Yogi in this week’s SI. Unfortunately, can’t link to it because it requires subscriber sign-in.
    FYSI!

  14. 14
    mellowjohn says:

    i find it hard to believe that he’s the first fucking yankee player w/ 3,000 hits.
    p.s. i like jeter, even if he is a fucking yankee.

  15. 15
    Martin says:

    FTFY.

    No good can come from giving them praise.

  16. 16
    efgoldman says:

    I put this in the beer thread, where it really doesn’t belong. This being an open thread and all…
    (Thanks Libby)
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-50.....04083.html

  17. 17
    efgoldman says:

    @ 15 Martin – July 9, 2011 | 7:28 pm ·

    No good can come from giving them praise.

    Not “The Yankees”, no, not ever.
    But the three individuals I mentioned? Absolutely.
    Kind of like Grant vs. Lee.
    Or The Allies vs. Rommell.

  18. 18
    Josie says:

    middlewest @12: I’m hoping there is something illegal about accepting medicaid funds for this ridiculous “pray away the gay” practice. I expect the news people will make a big deal of this. Not!

  19. 19
    hilts says:

    Glibertarian TV Reminder

    John Cole’s favorite Galtian Hall Monitor / Arthur Fonzarelli Impersonator, Nick Gillespie, is the guest on this week’s Q and A which airs on Sunday night at 8 pm eastern time on C-SPAN with a rebroadcast at 11 pm eastern time

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    Tom Q says:

    Too many Yankee haters display the very lack of class they like to attribute to Yankee fans. As a NY fan since 1961 (the day I saw Roger Maris hit nos. 52 & 53 from the bleachers), I’m inclined to despise the Red Sox, but I certainly applauded Yaz when he hit his 3000th (against the Yanks).

    Jeter’s day was just otherworldy. It should be easy enough to acknowledge that, and his entire exceptional career.

  21. 21
    ML says:

    There’s nothing wrong with a tip of the hat to a genuine competitor.

  22. 22
    Corner Stone says:

    @hilts:

    John Cole’s favorite Galtian Hall Monitor / Arthur Fonzarelli Impersonator, Nick Gillespie,

    It’s a good thing you specified “Galtian”, otherwise you would’ve hurt Cole’s truly favorite Hall Monitor’s feelings.
    And that may have led to a series of e-mails about Cole’s duty as the blog host.
    I’m glad we avoided that in this New Era of Civility.

  23. 23
    Libby Spencer says:

    I should mention I’m also a big Red Sox fan. But that’s only been for about ten or eleven years. And no, it’s not really a conflict. Different leagues. And if they both make the World Serious, well I cheer for them both and I’m happy no matter who wins.

  24. 24
    efgoldman says:

    @ 20 Tom Q – July 9, 2011 | 7:38 pm

    Too many Yankee haters display the very lack of class they like to attribute to Yankee fans.

    There’s a difference between respect/fanhood and hagiography.
    Also doesn’t help the Yanks’ cause that their ownership has chosen some of the most obnoxious home broadcasters of all time. Kaye? Really? Sterling? Linda having a radiogasm over Clemens?
    Only Harrelson with the White Sox is worse.

  25. 25
    Corner Stone says:

    @Tom Q:

    (the day I saw Roger Maris hit nos. 52 & 53 from the bleachers)

    Why the hell was he in the bleachers?

  26. 26
    efgoldman says:

    @ 23 Libby Spencer – July 9, 2011 | 7:43 pm

    I should mention I’m also a big Red Sox fan.

    Were you out of town for the 1986 series?

  27. 27
    Northumbrian says:

    Like you, I’m a Yankees-hatin’, Mets fan through and through. But Jeter’s never come across as a self-aggrandizing attention-whore, like some other anonymous (A-Fraud [cough cough]) Yankees do, and I don’t have a problem with his 3000th whatsoever. Good on him.

    That said, once he got it, would have been happy with the Rays coming back and squashing the Bronx Bozos. But alas…

  28. 28
    JPL says:

    Congrats to Jeter. Players were bought and sold for decades and now can declare free agency so this fete is harder to accomplish. Once again congrats to Jeter and IHTFY also, too.

  29. 29
    Mike Kay ( Geronimo!!) says:

    the yankees are worse than the firebaggers.

  30. 30
    dr. bloor says:

    @Bob:

    As a lifelong Yankees fan, this day seemed like as if there really is a contract with the devil.

    Aptly put, you only have two and half more seasons of underperformance at SS with the devil who has the contract you’re referring to.

  31. 31
    efgoldman says:

    @ 27 JPL – July 9, 2011 | 7:49 pm

    Players were bought and sold for decades and now can declare free agency so this fete is harder to accomplish.

    This, also too.
    I think its possible that Jeter and Mo might be the last players to spend long careers (12-15 years+) with just one team. No more Yaz, Brooks Robinson, George Brett types, maybe ever. Too bad.

  32. 32
    Monkey Business says:

    My mother’s side of the family is from Long Island and first settled in Queens after emigrating, so despite being from Indiana my ties to the Mets run deep.

    A cousin of mine married the son of one of the Yankees’ minority owners. At the wedding, her entire side of the aisle was wearing Mets hats, and his entire side of the aisle was wearing Yankees hats.

    Let’s just say that for one night in July many years ago, no one talked about baseball in New York.

    All that being said, I tip my cap to Jeter.

    If A-Rod gets to 3000, I would rather eat my hat.

  33. 33
    Suffern ACE says:

    @Corner Stone – before steroids, there were other ways to gain a power advantage. that 61 always seemed suspicious to me since he never came close to hitting that number again.

  34. 34
    efgoldman says:

    @ 31 Monkey Business – July 9, 2011 | 7:55 pm

    If A-Rod gets to 3000, I would rather eat my hat.

    If A-Rod were a hockey player, he’d be one of those Montreal Canadiens flopper/divers who spend the whole game trying to draw a penalty every time someone brushes by them.

  35. 35
    NobodySpecial says:

    Too many Yankee haters display the very lack of class they like to attribute to Yankee fans.

    I never claimed to have class.

    Fortunately, I’ve also never claimed that the ability to buy All-Stars yearly was some kind of positive attribute.

  36. 36
    JPL says:

    I mentioned this before but before the Sox won the Series my son went to Yankee Stadium to see Pedro pitch against the Yankees. He had the tickets sent to my house since he was traveling and didn’t want them left in his mailbox. I started receiving Xmas catalogs with Yankee stuff.. I called him screaming telling him to stop it. That was more than I could take. Yuckkkkkk..
    What gall XMAS catalogs…just yuck.
    I felt so dirty having that crap sent to my house.

  37. 37
    Mike Kay ( Geronimo!!) says:

    If pelosi had only walked away from TARP, the banks would have failed, and we would have rid ourselves of Wall Street and their boy-toys, the Yankees.

    I mean seriously, they’ve driven up the price of tickets so middle class families can rarely attend. its now just a status symbol event for DINKS and fat cat banksters. Instead of wearing an interlocking N and Y logo, they should be wearing a Mercedes Benez triangle.

    And like leverage buy out firms, they raid middle market teams, strip them of their assets, leave them bankrupt, and destroy the their underlying towns.

    Gregory Peck’s great populist speech from 1991’s “Other PEople’s Money” easily applies today to the Yankees and the evil Steinbrenners.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJRhrow3Jws

  38. 38
    efgoldman says:

    @ 36 Mike Kay ( Geronimo!!) – July 9, 2011 | 8:03 pm

    I mean seriously, they’ve driven up the price of tickets so middle class families can rarely attend.

    To be fair [damn, us liberals just can’t help ourselves] prices went out of sight at Fenway years before the Evil Empire even opened the new stadium. Supply, meet demand.
    The thing that frosted my testicles, however, was when I bought tickets for the Red Sox in Baltimore last summer – for which the Orioles charged a 30% premium over, say, a game vs. KC.
    They realized they have a goldmine with Boston (and NY, too) fans who can’t get or afford seats at home.

  39. 39
    Corner Stone says:

    @Suffern ACE: Brady Anderson was the year I knew we’d never really know again.
    We had fooled ourselves up to that point. But he was just too in your face, IMO.

  40. 40
    Steeplejack says:

    @NobodySpecial:

    Fortunately, I’ve also never claimed that the ability to buy All-Stars yearly was some kind of positive attribute.

    This. I have liked and admired a lot of individual Yankee players, but they are in such a dominant economic position that rooting for them is like rooting for gravity, as memorably put once by someone I can’t remember.

    Kudos to Jeter. FTFY.

  41. 41
    MP says:

    Congrats Dirk Jeeter!!!!!!!!! It’s 30-love and you’re in the red zone with only 2 seconds on the shot clock, no gutter balls and a birdie in the penalty box.

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    MikeJ says:

    @efgoldman:

    for which the Orioles charged a 30% premium over, say, a game vs. KC.

    The Mariners do that too. Yet half the crowd at those games will be wearing Red Sox caps.

  44. 44
    Bruuuuce says:

    Bob #3:

    As a lifelong Yankees fan, this day seemed like as if there really is a contract with the devil. 5/5 with a stolen base, drives in the winning run, #3000 is a home run

    Nah. If there had REALLY been a deal with the Devil, that last hit would have been a triple, completing the cycle on top of everything else.

    Glad he’s done it; Jeter is a class act and deserves congratulations.

    Now let’s beat the snot out of those pretenders in Boston. And the ones in Philadelphia, for those guys in the building just down the road from me.

  45. 45

    i don’t really see what the big deal is. 28 players have had 3000 or more hits, its not that rare.

    we should be talking about the pirates playing for at least a share of first place, in july. some things only happen once in a generation. you have to savor them.

  46. 46

    i don’t really see what the big deal is. 28 players have had 3000 or more hits, its not that rare.

    we should be talking about the pirates playing for at least a share of first place, in july. some things only happen once in a generation. you have to savor them.

  47. 47
    Yutsano says:

    Yet half the crowd at those games will be wearing Red Sox caps.

    Truth be told I’d much rather have their fan base in Safeco Field than the FTFY. Sox fans are a hoot to have a pint with afterwards regardless of the final outcome.

  48. 48
    efgoldman says:

    @ 45 & 46 Fucen Pneumatic Fuck Wrench Tarmal – July 9, 2011 | 8:33
    Is there some mysterious Balloon Juice/HTML reason that so many of your comments post twice?

  49. 49
    Bruuuuce says:

    The Pirates are a great story. Especially since they have the biggest All-Star snub of the year (McCutcheon).

    So’s Jeter (one team ever, sure-vote HoF’er), though. And his story is timely, today. So we talk about it, and hope to see the Pirates still over .500 by the end of the year for the first time in almost 20 years.

  50. 50
    Svensker says:

    Not a huge Yankees fan, but Jeter is just a great athlete and a class guy. Yay Derek!

  51. 51
    Yutsano says:

    but Jeter is just a great athlete and a class guy

    Is no one gonna say it? Okay fine I will. Jeter is also fucking adorable.

  52. 52
    MikeJ says:

    @Yutsano:

    Sox fans are a hoot to have a pint with afterwards regardless of the final outcome.

    I’ll be sure to wear my Red Sox cap when we have our SoBeale meetup.

  53. 53

    Corner Stone: What, Davey Johnson wasn’t enough evidence for you?

  54. 54

    Northumbrian:

    But Jeter’s never come across as a self-aggrandizing attention-whore

    Yes, he has. Two examples. The first is that, when Rodriguez came over from Texas, he was a much better shortstop than Jeter was, or has ever been. Don’t believe the Gold Glove voters; every method of measuring defense has shown that, in his best years, Jeter was average defensively, and was often one of the worst shortstops in the majors. When it was suggested that he should move to third base in order to help the team, he showed his True Leadership by refusing point blank.

    The other example is the way he negotiated his new contract during the off-season. He’s been declining pretty rapidly over the last few years, and it was suggested that he should accept a new salary more commensurate with his new abilities. He shot that down in a heartbeat, too, and threatened to join a different team if he wasn’t given a multiyear deal, too. That’s his right, certainly, but it certainly isn’t putting the team first. It came across as the act of a self-aggrandizing attention whore. I contrast him to Nicklas Lidstrom, whose salary has gone down towards the end of his career, and who has accepted a series of one year deals, despite the fact that he just got done winning the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman again.

    (FWIW, I think the Norris voters got it wrong. I do think that Lidstrom has about the right number of them on his shelf, but he deserved to start winning them 3-4 years before he did, and hasn’t really deserved the last two.)

  55. 55
    MikeJ says:

    @J. Michael Neal: Don’t forget that Jeter decided that he couldn’t be bovvered to go to this year’s All Star game. Both he and A-clod.

  56. 56
    efgoldman says:

    @ 55 MikeJ – July 9, 2011 | 9:18 pm

    Don’t forget that Jeter decided that he couldn’t be bovvered to go to this year’s All Star game. Both he and A-clod.

    [Damned liberal fairness gene again.]
    Well, to be fair, an awful lot of veteran players find phantom injuries to keep from going to the All Star game, these days.
    Time was when a contract clause with an All Star bonus might have made a difference, but even average contracts are so high now, that another $50-$100k isn’t going to matter to a lot of players.

  57. 57
    brantl says:

    Derek Jeter also funded the Kalamazoo promise, making sure that kids got to go to college, if they got good grades, and did that out of his own pocket, (anonymously, until someone else leaked it), alone. A class guy.

  58. 58
    Bruuuuce says:

    MikeJ: I dunno about you, but if I were diagnosed with a partially torn meniscus that really should be surgically repaired, I’d pull out of the ASG too (ARod).

    As for Jeter, he’s just back into the lineup from an injury, and though I think he should go to the game, I can understand his wanting the extra rest. Plus, it’s possible that he also knows that both Jhonny Peralta and Asdrubal Cabrera deserved the spot over him — and now they’re both there.

    Also, your accent gives you away. Man United follower, much? :-)

  59. 59
    Yutsano says:

    I’ll be sure to wear my Red Sox cap when we have our SoBeale meetup.

    There’s no need to fall into error here just to prove a rhetorical point. Oh who am I kidding, I live in Seattle, we put up with just about anything here.

    And just to be diversionary: have you noticed a sharp increase in Canuckistani license plates lately? I wonder if it’s related to the loonie surge.

  60. 60

    @Steeplejack: The one like that I remember is:

    “Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for U.S. Steel.” – Joe E. Lewis

  61. 61

    @efgoldman:

    i have no idea, i think it might be that i removed a bunch of stuff from this lapper and made it an internet only device.

    either that or the helicopters are laughing at me.

  62. 62
    burnspbesq says:

    This is how you know the baseball gods are fucking with us: the Pirates could go into the All-Star break tied for first in the NL Central.

  63. 63
    burnspbesq says:

    @PanAmerican:

    I don’t like the word “choke,” but it sure looked like the pressure of trying to win at home was a factor in today’s disaster.

    And for all those who thought the English women might escape the penalty curse … bwahahahaha.

    Depending on how tomorrow’s matches go, we could end up with a last four of the US, France, Japan, and Australia. I wonder what odds you could have gotten on that before the tournament began.

  64. 64
    Yutsano says:

    Psst. Burnsy. I’m blaming you for this little head hurricane. I’m finding it rather difficult to say no here.

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    Spike says:

    @Bob: All that and he gets to make out with Lyla Garrity when he’s done.

  66. 66
    Steeplejack says:

    @Yutsano:

    Want! Totally impractical, but want.

    I am starting to look for a car, and this is getting the salivary glands working.

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