As Derek Jeter plays out the remaining 60-odd games of his prestigious career, pending an appearance in the playoffs by his New York Yankees, he is going to continue to run into and pass a number of noteworthy landmarks and accomplishments.
One might even come to think that these accomplishments aren’t as impressive because they seem to become routine. What might be outstanding for one guy is just another day at the park for Jeter, especially given all the records he already has on his resume.
There is one thing that will never get old for Jeter, however: having his name, along with the words “passed Lou Gehrig,” uttered in the same sentence when it comes to a lifetime accomplishment. That was the case for the Captain on Tuesday night as he passed Gehrig for the Yankees’ franchise record in doubles.
With the Yankee Stadium crowd chanting his name amid a scoreless tie, Derek Jeter rose to the occasion on Tuesday night in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Rangers, adding another milestone to his collection.
Although his hit didn’t lead to a run, Jeter ripped a one-out double down the left-field line off lefty Neal Cotts, passing Lou Gehrig with No. 535 to take over the Yankees’ all-time doubles lead.
While Jeter might not be the superstar that he was once as he plays out his final season, he is still more than capable of contributing at the top of New York’s lineup. He showed that is the case once again with this accomplishment.