The “Jeter Meter” has been up for a while now and with #3,000 only a few hits away plans are being made for the big event. Fans visiting the MLB Fan Cave in New York today will be able to see twelve of the baseballs that will be used once Jeter has reached #2,999.
HBO is making its own preparations, or has been for some time now. Here are a few excerpts from the lengthy announcement:
New York – – HBO and Major League Baseball Productions are teaming up for a new documentary chronicling New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s quest for his 3,000th career hit. The one-hour special, titled “DEREK JETER 3K,” will take viewers behind the scenes as Jeter attempts to reach the milestone.
Produced by MLB Productions in collaboration with HBO Sports, “DEREK JETER 3K” will include reflections on Jeter’s entire career, including footage in the MLB Productions archives from his early days with the Yankees through his five World Series Championships. The special will include new interviews with his family and friends as well as Yankees executives, Legends and teammates such as Hal Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi, Joe Torre, Curtis Granderson, Mariano Rivera, Dave Winfield, Minka Kelly, Billy Crystal, and many more. The special will debut on HBO a few weeks after the milestone is reached.
Jeter spoke on giving the fans an opportunity to follow along with him on the trek towards 3,000:
“It has been a lot of fun working with HBO Sports and MLB Productions to capture this milestone in a special and unique way. Hopefully fans will enjoy getting to see a sneak peek at the journey.”
Chris Tully, Major League Baseball Senior Vice President of Broadcasting, was appreciative of both the Yankees and Jeter allowing the behind-the-scenes access:
“We’re extremely grateful to Derek and the Yankees for granting us this level of access, and we’re excited to once again work with HBO.”
HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg also weighed in, as did Yankees President Randy Levine:
“This special will provide sports fans with a fascinating view of what Derek Jeter experiences during this memorable moment in baseball history.” – Ross Greenburg
“To have the days surrounding Derek’s remarkable achievement chronicled by Major League Baseball Productions and HBO ensures that this historic milestone will be captured with the type of style and professionalism he has become so synonymous with.” – Randy Levine
Few teams do it big like the Yankees and HBO is about as big as it gets for cable networks so this seems fitting. 500 home runs, 3,000 hits, and 300 wins don’t happen every season so I fully support the celebration of them. You could make the case it’s a bit over the top considering 27 others have amassed 3,000 hits. But when the Yankees are involved, and Jeter is about to do something that Yankee greats Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle didn’t accomplish, was there ever any doubt over the magnitude of the celebration that is going to follow?