CLEVELAND -- The Yankees' PR department has put out a 21-page pamphlet on Derek Jeter entitled "Quest for 3000". It's updated every day and chock full of numbers and tidbits about the shortstop's run to 3,000 hits.
The final 16 pages list every single hit of Jeter's career by date, opponent/site, pitcher, type of hit, inning, outs and RBIs. Awesome. I vividly recall covering Jeter's first home run here on April 2, 1996 in the fifth inning off Cleveland's Dennis Martinez. Had no recollection of the fact it was actually his 13th career hit.
Jeter is at 2,997 heading into Thursday's game against Tampa Bay after cracking an eighth-inning double here Wednesday (right).
Here's my column on Jeter's day during the series finale in Cleveland.
And here's more Jeterian Jottings on the Quest to 3,000:
---Jeter is about to become the 11th member of the 28-member 3,000-hit club to collect all of them with one team.
---Jeter has hits off 807 pitchers, led by 32 against Tim Wakefield. He's also faced Wakefield the most, with 119 plate appearances.
---Best batting average against a pitcher: .600 against Hideo Nomo (12 for 20).
---Worst 0-fer against a pitcher: 0 for 14 against Jorge Julio.
---Most hits in an inning: 654 in the first (439 in the third is next). He has one 13th-inning hit, one in the 14th, three in the 15th and two in the 17th.
---Most hits against an opponent: 303 against Baltimore. Fewest: 5 vs. the Chicago Cubs
---Most hits in a road stadium: 160 at Camden Yards, 139 at Rogers Centre (fewest is 1 at Tokyo Dome and 2 at Wrigley Field for an MLB stadium).
---Of the 27 previous 3,000-hit players, some have played with the Yankees (think Dave Winfield, Wade Boggs and Rickey Henderson. No one got their 3,000th hit with the Yanks. And no player, be it a New York player or visitor, has ever got No. 3,000 at either old Yankee Stadium or the new version.
---At the time of his first hit on May 30, 1995:
Gas cost $1.09 per gallon and a postage stamp was 32 cents
Only 13 of the 30 current stadiums in the majors were being used for baseball
Alex Rodriguez had no career home runs. His first came for Seattle on June 12, 1995
AP Photo: Jeter doubles for hit No. 2,997 Wednesday. The catcher is Carlos Santana.