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Derek Jeter Two Hits Away From 3,000

New York Yankee captain Derek Jeter is almost at a career and Yankee milestone, and we could see it happen in the next two games.  It’s crazy to think this great career began right here in the Albany area.

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Right now all eyes are on Derek Jeter.  Last night he hit a double for career hit number 2,998.  He is now just 2 hits away from 3,000, and he will be the first Yankee to reach that mark.  He will be in an elite class of players and the 28th to do so.  What a career Derek Jeter has had, and he still has a few good years left.

It will be another thing to add to his long list of awards and accomplishments. He’s a 5 time World Series champion, he’s won numerous gold gloves and silver slugger awards and was even named to the Sports Illustrated all decade team in 2009.  A first ballot hall of famer without a doubt.

I have been watching Derek Jeter since the early 90′s when he came up through the Yankee farm system with the Albany-Colonie Yankees.  Though his time here in the Albany area was short, we all still remember.  Yankee fans around the world fell in love with the “Captain” during that magical 1996 World Series season.

In 1996 I was 11 years old and I idolized this guy.  One of the biggest things I remember is the passion that he had that entire season, and he still has that to this day.  He has always been one of the classiest athletes in professional sports.  That was not more apparent than when he addressed the fans at the original Yankee Stadium after the last game of that season.

This weekend he will be reaching the 3,000 mark. I will be watching the whole time to see history be made.

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