Happy Anniversary, Derek Jeter! Nine years ago today, you hit your first (and so far only) career grand slam!
I was at this game, sitting in the left field bleachers and the Cubs fans sitting behind me couldn’t figure out why we were all flipping out so much over a grand slam that turned a 3-1 game into a 7-1 game in the middle of June. I can recall telling one of the girls behind me who was visiting from Chicago that it was Jeter’s first grand slam and she couldn’t believe it.
She said, “Wait, really? The first of his career?”
“Wow, that’s surprising. It seems like he’d have a few by now.”
Then I explained that his numbers up to that point with the bases loaded were really good (his average was north of .300 if I recall correctly) it was just that he had never hit a home run.
She also asked me why I screamed, “Come on Derek, shut Michael Kay up!” before he hit it to which I replied, “Because Michael Kay would always bring up how Jeter had never hit a grand slam and it was annoying.”
Anyway, can you believe it has been nine years? How crazy is that?