All-Star Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hit his 250th career home run Friday night as New York defeated the visiting Boston Red Sox 6-4 for their eighth victory in 10 games.
With the blast, Jeter becomes the second player in major-league history to posted at least 3,000 hits, 1,200 RBI, 300 steals and 250 homers. The first to accomplish the incredible feat was Willie Mays.
The milestone homer also brought Derek into a tie with Graig Nettles for ninth place on the Yankees’ all-time home runs list. According to Yahoo!, the Yankees captain needs 25 homers to match fellow Core Four member Jorge Posada (275), who ranks eighth on said list.
“He’s an amazing player,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Jeter. “He’s 38 years old. He’s played 15 days in a row. There aren’t too many 38-year-old guys who play 15 days in a row.”
The NY Daily notes that Jeter now has 16 seasons with 10 or more home runs and became the 10th Yankee to hit 10 or more this season.
The only other time the Yanks had 10 players reach double figures in home runs was when they rolled to a championship in 1998.
“I always hear all the time that I don’t hit home runs,” said Jeter, whose 250th homer came in the fifth inning off Franklin Morales. “In my mind, it’s a lot of them. So it’s something I’m happy with.”
I try to be consistent each and every year and do my job. Like I’ve always said, if you do it long enough, good things happen. I can think it’s a big number, and other people might not, but for me it’s a lot of them.”