July 16, 2011 – A week ago today, Derek Jeter reached the milestone that every hitter in baseball covets. Jeter collected his 3,000th career hit on July 9, and he did it in a way that only he could.
Jeter collected the 3,000th hit on a home run, and he achieved the milestone on a day when he went 5-for-5 for only the third time in his storied career.
When I left the press box, moments after Jeter joined Wade Boggs as the only players to collect their 3,000th hit on a home run, I noticed a 30-yard line at a merchandise stand on Yankee Stadium’s 200 level.
As if I couldn’t tell before that, that’s when I realized the magnitude of the day.
And on the afternoon that Jeter became the 28th player to reach the 3,000 hit plateau, we released a commemorative issue of Yankees Magazine.
This special issue of Yankees Magazine marks history. Every copy that we printed was authenticated with an MLB issued sticker. In other words, there is proof that if you have a DJ3K program, you were at Yankee Stadium to witness the captain’s milestone.
Jeter’s iconic status and overall popularity propelled the sales of this special issue, and we broke Yankees Magazine’s all-time, regular-season, single-game sales record by selling 11,420 copies.
The publication includes a feature by associate editor Nathan Maciborski on Jeter’s time in the minors, my feature about the batting mechanics that led Jeter to hit No. 3,000 and New York Daily News beat writer Mark Feinsand’s feature about Jeter’s top 10 moments (before the magical 3,000 hit day).
We also compiled exclusive quotes from as many members of the 3,000 hit club as we could reach in the weeks before Jeter joined them. That piece contains the words of Hank Aaron, Wade Boggs, Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Robin Yount.
To all of the fans who purchased this publication, I say Thank You.
–Alfred Santasiere III