Derek Jeter hit what could be his final Yankee Stadium home run on Thursday night
While Derek Jeter will surely find his steely-eyed visage hanging on the walls of Cooperstown and carved into the face of Mount Rushmore (replacing that goon George Washington who has zero World Series titles), it won't be because of his home run prowess.
Which isn't giving Jeter enough credit. While he may be better known for his 3,000 hits, dramatic jump throws or his ability to connect with catsuit-wearing-bros, coming into Thursday night Jeter had hit 259 HRs. That's the third most for a shortstop all-time and isn't even counting his 20 postseason dingers. You may recall the walk-off shot he hit in Game 4 of the 2001 World Series:
Facing the Blue Jays on Thursday, Jeter nudged that career total to 260. It was a bittersweet moment as it was not only Jeter's first long ball at Yankee Stadium this season but may also be the last of his career. Coming on the day that his emotional Gatorade commercial was released, well ... there may not be many dry eyes in the Bronx tonight.
Of course, Jeter has a supernatural ability to deliver when the narrative demands it, so it wouldn't be shocking to find him come through with a home run on, say, September 25th when the Yankees play their final home game of the season against the Orioles.