If Derek Jeter doesn’t get his 3,000th career hit by June 16th, the odds are strong that it will not be happening at Yankee Stadium. (I’m still thinking June 18th will be the day, if anyone is asking.)
The Yankees visit the Cubs from June 17th through 19th and the Reds from June 20th through 22nd. And, there’s no way the Yankees would sit Jeter for those six games to allow that milestone to happen in the Bronx. (Jeter would flip if they did that.)
If it happened in Cincy that would really burn the Reds – since they opted to pass on Jeter in the draft and take Chad Mottola instead (as documented in Ian O’Connor’s book.)
In any event, as a Yankees fans, would this bother you? There’s never been a 3,000-hit player in Yankees history. And, I think it would be special to have it happen at the Stadium.
Of course, Jeter could get red-hot and the event could come on the Yankees homestand of June 7th through 16th. But, I couldn’t count on that.