Shortstop notches perfect game

Derek Jeter hit this milestone as only one of the all-time greats would

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You won't find too many Yankee fans in these parts -- and frankly, we wish ESPN would realize that its broadcasts travel further than New York. Enough with the Yankees' games!

But what longtime shortstop Derek Jeter did last weekend -- particularly how he did it -- ranks up there with the all-time memorable performances in baseball lore.

Jeter became the first Yankee Saturday to amass 3,000 hits in a career -- which is hard to believe, considering all the history of the pinstripes.

But it's how he did it that made it such an unforgettable moment. First, he did it at home, which is always special for players and fans alike. Even better, though, his 3,000th hit was a home run. That's hitting a milestone with a bang, a real statement of greatness. Even more impressive, Jeter went a perfect 5-for-5 in the game, a Yankee win.

Such a script would be turned away by Hollywood as pat and hokey. In real life, it's amazing and heartwarming.

A tip of the cap to one of the greats of the game.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/11/11 - 10:28 pm
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Jeter is a sportsman in the

Jeter is a sportsman in the vein of Gehrig, Musial, Clemente and Rice(Grantland).

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Riverman1 07/11/11 - 11:21 pm
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Jeter is up there with the

Jeter is up there with the best ever shortstops and that's the hardest position in baseball.

follower
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follower 07/12/11 - 02:24 pm
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River, agree with Jeter being

River, agree with Jeter being one of the best at his position, but "catcher" is the hardest position in baseball......by far.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/12/11 - 04:22 pm
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Follower, nope. There have

Follower, nope. There have been some good hitters who were catchers who can barely run. Honestly, left field, first base and then catcher require the least skill. Playing shortstop doesn't allow a dropped ball you can pick up and still throw the runner out like a second or third baseman. Anyway, I love baseball as I take it you do, too.

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follower 07/13/11 - 02:15 pm
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Sorry I couldn't get back to

Sorry I couldn't get back to the site yesterday. We'll agree to disagree.
There are a scarce number of catchers that are elite players. Good talent that doesn't quite make the grade will be guided toward the catchers position because so few want the job. Every single play involves the catcher. He doens't get even one pitch off. He must deal with the extra burden of additional equipment, calling the pitches, running to back up first on every ground ball when there's no one on base, not to mention keeping an eye on every base runner. Add to that the pitches that he absorbs when not on target, and you can see why so few want the job.

You'll see fewer catchers in the HOF than SS's. So few excell at that position.

But you are right about one thing. I love baseball. Slowest game in sports, but important movement and nuance with every pitch. To really enjoy the game, you must be a student of the game.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/13/11 - 02:27 pm
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"Jeter is a sportsman in the

"Jeter is a sportsman in the vein of Gehrig, Musial, Clemente and Rice(Grantland)." I wonder if any of those guys skipped the All-Star game because they were tired, as Jeter just did? Follower, I am with you on the catcher argument. You actually left out a few other duties of the catcher. He calls the defense for everyone.

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Riverman1 07/13/11 - 02:37 pm
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Oh, I agree catching is tough

Oh, I agree catching is tough and the catcher has to be smart. McCann is a good example of the modern catcher...good hitter, tough and smart. Still not a great athlete as shortstops HAVE to be.

Follower, yep, I've heard baseball explained that it's like peeling an onion. Things are being done on so many levels.

Anyone ever heard of Gorman Thomas? He used to play for the Brewers and he was from Charleston. His first few years he used to hang out at the same bar I did in the off season. I talked lots of baseball with him without trying to bore him, too much. He was a trip in real life...wild man...Stormin Gorman.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/13/11 - 03:08 pm
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I remember Thomas. Good

I remember Thomas. Good ballplayer.

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