You may have heard me toss around phrases like best Onion story ever now and again, but this time I really mean it. Maybe. I dunno . . . Check this one out:
Derek Jeter Honored For Having Fewer Hits Than Harold Baines
NEW YORK—Following Derek Jeter’s 2,722nd career hit Friday, Yankee fans and teammates took a moment to honor the all-star shortstop for having 144 fewer hits than former journeyman designated hitter Harold Baines.
Jeter, who reached the historic milestone in the third inning of his team’s game again Baltimore, joined a pantheon of Yankee greats that includes Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Lou Gehrig—all of whom share the distinction of having fewer career hits than Baines, a one-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award.
“This is a very special moment for me and for the entire Yankee organization,” said Jeter, who received a six-minute standing ovation, multiple video tributes, and hours upon hours of media coverage for being 144 hits behind Harold Baines. “As a young boy playing baseball, I never dreamed I would someday be mentioned in the same breath as [Harold Baines], let alone reach the level of having [12 dozen fewer hits than him].”
It is a brilliant story, and if you have not done so already, you ought to go to The Onion and read the whole thing.