Today, we learn that this milestone is so important that the cable network HBO will be producing a one-hour special chronicling this magical quest for this noteworthy hit.
Never mind that Jeter is having by far the worst season of his career, hitting just .257/.320/.324 with an OPS+ of 75 — a level roughly equivalent to Juan Pierre — or that not one of the other 27 players who have reached this milestone, 21 of whom reached it during the era in which television existed, ever had such a documentary made.
No, Jeter is a Yankee, and so we shall be treated to this:
Interviews are scheduled to include an eclectic cast. Obviously, many of Jeter’s friends and teammates from the Yankees will be included, such as Mariano Rivera, Curtis Granderson, owner Hal Steinbrenner and former manager Joe Torre.
Interestingly, actor Billy Crystal and Jeter’s girlfriend Minka Kelly are also expected to be included, which might provide another reason or two to tune in.
It should not be lost that the link with the article about the documentary comes from NESN, the TV network of the Yankees’ biggest rival, the Red Sox.