Fans only ones enjoying Jeter's chase

The Captain's quest for 3,000 is seen as a chore in most circles -- just not in the stands

Updated: July 8, 2011, 7:19 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

There was joy in Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, and excitement and hope in the stands, even though the scoreboard out in right-center field was bringing nothing but bad news.

Up in Boston, the Red Sox were putting a hurt on the Baltimore Orioles, and down on the field, the Yankees were doing nothing with Jeff Niemann and the Tampa Bay Rays. In all likelihood, by the time the game ended, the Yankees would be a second-place team for the first time since June 24.

But it didn't matter. ...

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