New York Yankees Icon Derek Jeter Once Admitted a Rare MLB Milestone Made Him “Uncomfortable” Like Never Before

Published 11/30/2022, 11:13 AM EST

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Derek Jeter’s playing tenure on the baseball diamond consists of a long list of milestones and accolades. He ticked almost all the boxes of accomplishments that every baseball player basically aims to cover. One of those milestones, in particular, was rather unique and fortunately came for Jeter at his MLB home ground in 2011. Jeter’s unique feat later even got made into a documentary that same year.

Born in New Jersey and growing up in Michigan, Jeter played his entire MLB career for the Pinstripes. Elegantly guiding his team to many improbable victories, the Captain became an icon in the game. Therefore, he became a symbolic representation of New York City in American sporting culture. Jeter was thus very much New York’s favorite adopted son. 


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When Jeter got inches closer to registering his 3000th hit, the entire Yankees fan community got excited. The Yankee fans wanted to see Jeter achieving the unique feat nowhere else but Yankee Stadium. Even more so, Jeter himself wanted to celebrate his rare milestone with the home crowd. But the expectations made him feel a strange sort of unease that he had never felt before. But interestingly, fighting his nerves, Jeter succeeded on July 9th, 2011, against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. 

When Derek Jeter was nervous like never before:

The pressure was visibly mounting on Derek Jeter, but in his trademark style, he excelled. Jeter smashed the Rays’ star pitcher David Price into the left field bleachers at Yankee Stadium. The humongous home run thus brought up Jeter’s 3000th career hit. Notably, Jeter also went five-for-five in the game, and most importantly, the Yankees defeated the Rays on a 5-4 margin.  



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Speaking on his milestone hit-related documentary in 2011, Jeter described his shaky feelings, by saying, “Everywhere I was going in New York, people were saying, ‘you know you need to do it at home.’ But even if they weren’t saying that it was something that I wanted to do. I felt as though it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t do it in New York. I wanted to experience it with the Yankee fans.” 


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Jeter added, saying, “So I tried to play it like everything is cool. Don’t feel any pressure and I’m relaxed. Just trying to do what I’m always trying to do. But I was nervous, I was uncomfortable, at times. And I really hadn’t felt that way before.” 

The grand legacy of Derek Jeter’s MLB career 

Jeter made his MLB debut in 1995 and played as the Yankees’ shortstop until retirement in 2014. He became a 14-time All-Star player and won five World Series championships. Post-retirement, the Yankees organization honored Jeter’s contributions by retiring his jersey. Moreover, Jeter also got an MLB Hall Of Fame induction. 


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Written by:

Madhurjya Bhuyan


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Madhurjya Bhuyan is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. He has a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in English Literature from Gauhati University and IGNOU, respectively, and also possesses prior professional experience as a content developer. Being a performance artist since childhood, Madhurjya has always aimed to contribute towards creativity in any possible manner, and writing only boosts that desire.
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