Sometime this week, Derek Jeter will break Lou Gehrig’s record for all time hits as a Yankee.
When Jeter does so, he will have accomplished the feat at the New Yankee Stadium–and it will be the first historic Yankee moment unrelated to the Stadium itself to occur there.
The selling point of the old Stadium, to many, had less to do with the physical building itself, but more to do with all of the historical (in the baseball world, anyway) events that occurred on it. The knock against the New Stadium, by some, was that it had none of the history, none of the emotion, none of the memory of the old park.
Thing is, new ballparks can’t be built with history already made, like a frozen meal.
History has to be created.
The more history you want, the longer it takes to make.
Right now, the very first of what we hope will be many historical moments is right at the doorstep. Don’t talk to Jeter about it–he’s not one for personal milestones, it’s been well reported–but for someone who is about to become the all time most prolific Yankees hitter, there’s something fitting about the fact that he will achieve his mark in a place where he will be the first to really do something truly historic.
Many will still say that the New Stadium won’t be truly christened until the Yankees win it all, but Jeter’s milestone, and its place should not be ignored.
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