3. Hit No. 3,000

This was the only milestone Jeter had left to lock up a spot in Cooperstown — if he had not done so already. 

On July 9, 2011, in front a packed house at Yankee Stadium, the 37-year-old, who always dreamed of wearing the pinstripes, stepped up to the plate. Facing David Price, Jeter showcased unexpected power, tattooing a payoff pitch into the left field bleachers for hit No. 3,000.

Did we speak of his flare for the dramatic?

With the smash, he became the 28th man (at the time) to reach the plateau.

He, of course, did not stop there. That knock, however, will be remembered by all 21st century Yankee fans.