Hit No. 2,722
As the years continued to pass by, fans in the Bronx began to get the feeling that Derek Jeter was on to something special. Having already won four titles in the Big Apple, the shortstop was on pace to break Yankee records, putting his name alongside the likes of Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, and Joe DiMaggio.
On September 11, 2009, he solidified himself as one of the best players in franchise history. On a rainy night at the new Yankee Stadium, Jeter drilled a 2-0 Chris Tillman fastball down the right field line. With his classic inside-out swing, he moved past Lou Gehrig as the Yankees’ all-time hits leader.
That same year, the Captain helped the Yanks christen their new stadium, winning his fifth career World Series title and the organization’s 27th.
For Yankee fans, it was most certainly a monumental day. For Jeter, it was another hit on his climb up baseball’s prestigious mountain.