Brett sends his best wishes to Jeter
Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle…the list of legendary hitters from the Yankees goes on and on. Yet to this day, no player has amassed 3,000 hits as a Yankee, something that Derek Jeter is poised to do in the next few days to become just the 28th member of that elite fraternity.
Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett accumulated 3,154 hits, all with the Royals. These days, Brett enjoys his retirement from the game by spending time with his family. Each time a player nears 3,000 hits or chases .400 into August, he receives several phone calls from media members asking about his take on the possible feat. Requests filtered in with Jeter’s chase, partly because he is also nearing the mark while playing for only one club. The Royals arranged today for Brett to speak on a media conference call regarding Jeter’s chase of 3,000.
The KC legend believes that Jeter’s first plate appearance on Thursday night will be tough due to the anticipation. However, he notes that Jeter has dealt with plenty of pressure situations (Jeter has 679 postseason plate appearances, the equivalent of a full regular season). Brett believes that getting three hits in a four-game series will be easier on Jeter than the pressure of a World Series. He believes that number 3,000 will be the most difficult and that Jeter may not record the hit in his first or second attempt.
Brett has never met the New York shortstop, though he watches him on television and when the Yankees play in Kansas City. While they are from different eras, Brett admires Jeter’s consistent play, noting that Jeter comes to play every day. He described Jeter as the “straw that stirs the drink” for the Yankees and will be pleased to welcome him to the 3,000 hit club.