Derek Jeter made baseball history, blasting a home run for his 3,000th career hit on an epic 5-for-5 day at Yankee Stadium (MLB.com). "It means a lot," said the Yankees captain, who became the 28th player to join the legendary 3,000-hit club. "It's a number that has meant a lot in the history of the game because not too many people have done it before. To be the only Yankee to do it ... to be the only Yankee to do anything is pretty special." (MLB.com)
Said fellow pinstriped icon Mariano Rivera, "You're talking about Babe Ruth to Yogi Better and Mickey Mantle and all those guys, none of them have 3,000. Then Derek Jeter for so many years during the season and the playoffs -- big games -- today to collect 3,000 and go 5-for-5, I don't see how the situation can be any better than that. I am happy for him. He deserves it and I hope he has another 1,000 or two [thousand] more." (New York Daily News)
In honor of his historic feat, take a look back at some of Derek Jeter's best off-the-field moments, from "Seinfeld" and "Saturday Night Live" (Complex) to "Sesame Street" and Sports Illustrated. (SI.com)
All-Star Justin Upton welcomed tornado-affected Little Leaguers from the Joplin RBI program to the All-Star Game festivities in Phoenix. (Twitter)
Ruben Tejada lived across the street from Torrijos Stadium and dreamt of the big leagues as a young kid in Panama. Now he lives across the street from Citi Field as an infielder with the New York Mets. (New York Times)
Mike Stanton and Bryan Petersen took a fishing trip and a cue from "Stepbrothers" (Twitter), Jeremy Guthrie was "biiiiking in Boston" (Twitter), J.P. Arencibia went to the beach (Twitter) and Sam LeCure rooted for the U.S. women's soccer team as they took on Brazil in the World Cup. (Twitter)
Here's proof that Michael Morse can count on his Nationals teammates to do just about anything for him. (The Washington Post)
In last weekend's tutorial on "How to Play Baseball Like a Champ," Josh Hamilton (MLB.com), Raul Ibanez (MLB.com) and Mark Trumbo (MLB.com) put on a walk-off clinic and Torii Hunter gave a lesson on turning a leather glove into a gold one (MLB.com).
Tweet of the Day: "I'm pretty stoked about the #HRDerby tonight- I'll be uploading photos and livetweeting the whole thing from the field" -- Rangers left-hander C.J. Wilson (@str8edgeracer). Catch the Home Run Derby tonight at 8 p.m. and chat online with All-Stars like Wilson, David Ortiz and Jose Bautista as they crush home runs and tweet live about all the #HRDerby action! ( MLB.com)
Quote of the Day: "I was like, 'Oh man, what did I do?' [Joe Girardi] said, 'You've got to change your plans. You're going to Arizona.' I was pretty excited. I couldn't believe it. I didn't think it would come this late but I'm really excited to go." -- Yankees reliever David Robertson on finding out during the first inning of Sunday's game that he'd been selected for his very first All-Star Game. (New York Post)
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