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Sunday, June 19, 2011
Seaver to Met fans: cheer for Jeter

By Ian Begley

Tom Seaver says Mets fans should cheer for Derek Jeter if the Yankee captain gets his 3,000th hit at Citi Field.

Jeter, currently on the DL with a calf injury, is six hits shy of 3,000. He is eligible to come off of the disabled list on June 29. His third game after coming off the DL will be at CIti Field, the first of a three-game Subway Series against the Mets.

Seaver, who received an ovation from the crowd at Yankee Stadium after his 300th win, said Mets fans should give Jeter his due if he gets hit No. 3,000 at Citi.

"You’re talking about the history of the game," Seaver said on Saturday. "Not an opposing player. It's a historical moment in the game of baseball. There's a point in time when it becomes more than your team or their team. It's a piece of history. This is a piece of history and respect for a guy that has earned it and earned it with class."

Seaver still remembers the loud cheers before and after his 300th win -- which came on August 4, 1985 when he was a member of the White Sox. The crowd that day contained a large contingent of Met fans.

Should Jeter hear the same if he gets his 3,000th knock at Citi Field?

"Absolutely," Seaver said.