So recently there was yet another record broken by a Yankee. I understand people hate the Yankees for the simple reason that they win and they break records, which is understandable. Seeing a team that have won 27 world series and broken several records probably would seem obnoxious to most people, but not to me. The success to me is not too different from the failures we have had, I am a fan when we are playing our best and when we play our worst.
Let’s talk a little bit about the history of the Yankees. Actually don’t hate me but I am really going to brag on Derek Jeter for a while. Seriously though, Jeter is one of those players that you can’t hate for being a Yankee because he is so good at being a Yankee. Derek Jeter is the essence of a true Yankee he has been a Yankee from the very beginning and he has been a true asset to the Yankee franchise.
Derek Jeter recently surpassed Mickey mantle for the most played games in the Yankee franchise history. That’s a lot of games. On September 14, 2008, Jeter tied Lou Gehrig for most hits at Yankee Stadium. He passed Gehrig on September 16, 2008. On August 2, 2009, Jeter played in his 2,084th game, tying Babe Ruth for 4th in Yankees history. On April 6, 2010, Jeter, along with Posada and Mariano Rivera, became the first teammates in any of the four major league sports in North America (MLB, NFL, NBA, or NHL) to play in at least 16 seasons on the same team as teammates. On July 9, 2011, Jeter became the 28th member of the 3,000 hit club when he homered off David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning at Yankee Stadium. He is also the first player in Yankees history to achieve the feat. On July 14, 2011, Jeter and Posada played their 1,660th game together, breaking the previous franchise record of 1,659 by Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri. On August 29, 2011, Jeter played his 2,402nd game with the Yankees, breaking Mickey Mantle’s record for most games played as a Yankee.
I hate to seem cocky but it’s crazy how so many people hate the Yankees out of jealousy. That’s something that really bothers me when other people bring down an organization for their success. When people were bashing Derek Jeter on his 3,000 hits achievement it horrified me, he should be proud of this rare accomplishment and not ever have to hear the haters. To me “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”