Thursday, April 19, 2012
Jeter ties childhood idol Winfield on hits list Derek Jeter didn't know he tied Dave Winfield on the all-time hits list Thursday night.
"If I did, I would have gotten the ball," Jeter said.
With his second-inning single, Jeter tied the Hall-of-Famer he grew up idolizing, as he collected hit No. 3,110 of his career. The two are now tied for 18th all-time.
"Everyone knows I'm a huge Dave Winfield fan and it's not something I ever thought of," Jeter said. "Any person you pass at this point, they're all Hall-of-Fame players, so it's pretty special."
Jeter said it meant a little bit extra to be able to tie Winfield, a former Yankee. The shortstop has hit safely in 12 of the team's 13 games so far this season, including 10 straight games. His 22 hits in the first 13 games are tied for the most in his career over that span. He went 1-for-5 on Thursday.
"Your name next to his in anything you do is probably considered to be pretty special," Jeter said. "I've gotten to know Dave throughout the years and I respect him as a player and more so as a person. I'm happy to be tied with him."
Winfield congratulated Jeter in a statement released during the middle of the game.
"I always enjoy watching Derek Jeter play because he is a model of consistency both in the field and at the plate," Winfield said. "I finished my career with 3,110 hits, and I only have admiration and respect for Derek. I hope that he pauses for a moment to admire the view with me, and then keeps on going. This is just one more achievement in an incredible career."