Derek Jeter doesn’t have as many hits as Derek Jeter thought he had. After further review, scorekeepers have changed Jeter’s infield single on Aug. 8 into an error, taking one off the board for the future Hall of Famer.
Official scoring changes happen all the time, so why is this one significant other than the fact that it happened to Derek Jeter? The hit that is no longer a hit happened to be the one that tied Jeter with the legendary Honus Wagner on the all-time list.
So, the folks who were in the stadium that day who are going around saying they saw Jeter tie Wagner, they now have to stop saying that because they didn’t see Jeter tie Wagner. All they saw was an error.
Jeter actually tied Wagner on his next hit after that, a double on Aug. 11 against the Orioles in Baltimore. Fans who were in the stadium that day who say they say Jeter pass Wagner now have to say they saw Jeter tie Wagner.
Derek Jeter doesn’t care because, being a smart person, he made sure to get the Aug. 11 ball, fearing that the Aug. 8 hit would be changed to an error. Jeter said (via MLB.com):
“So there’s no story,” Jeter told MLB.com on Tuesday. “I got another hit. I got the other ball.”
There’s no story for YOU Jeter, but there is for the fans who retroactively were robbed of the chance to see history. Now their ticket stub from the Aug. 8 game is worthless. You can’t very well brag about seeing the error that used to be a Honus Wagner-tying hit, can you?