BRONX, N.Y. — On this date in 2011, Derek Jeter made history with an exclamation point at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees shortstop reached a monumental milestone by recording career hit No. 3,000.
Coming off some early struggles and an injury rehab stint in Tampa, the Yankee captain rediscovered his swing and took it out on Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price.
With one out in the third inning, Jeter smoked a full-count offering from Price into the leftfield bleachers. The solo bomb made Jeter the first player to attain 3,000 hits while wearing pinstripes. He became the 28th player in MLB history to attain the feat and only the second (Wade Boggs with the then Devil Rays) to reach the mark with a home run.
It was all part of a 5-for-5 afternoon which saw also saw Jeter steal a bag and drive in the eventual winning run with a go-ahead RBI-single in the eighth inning as part of a 5-4 victory.