When you have played as long as New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter–and as good–you are bound to surpass a few milestones along the way.
Wednesday night during his second to last game in Seattle he surpassed another one. During the first inning of the game he stole second base for his 350th career steal making him one of three players with at least 3,000 hits, 250 home runs, and 350 stolen bases.
The other two– former Houston Astros great Craig Biggio (3060/291/414) and journeyman outfielder Rickey Henderson (3055/297/1406).
“I got the green light, and green light, that means you go,” Jeter said after the game. “Just because I haven’t done something doesn’t mean I can’t do it. I got the green light, I was in a good situation, so I took advantage of it.”
It was his second stolen base of the season. He added another later in the game during the seventh inning to bring his career total to 351–a Yankees record. He also holds the franchise mark for hits (3,363), games played (2,645),stolen bases (349), and at bats (10,786).
“He’s always been a guy who’s responded,” Girardi said before Tuesday’s game against the Mariners at Safeco Field.
Thursday’s game will be his final one in Seattle (barring any post season games).