Gritted teeth tell much of the story.
With 2,994 career hits, six away from joining the prestigious 3,000-hit club, Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus admitted he hoped the Yankees legend would accomplish the feat against his team so he could see it in person, adding in the caveat that he wanted it to be a single and then to turn a double play.
But now it looks like that likely won't happen as Jeter suffered a Grade 1 calf strain on Monday in a 1-0 loss to the struggling Cleveland Indians. There's no word on when Jeter will return from the injury as the Yankees host the Rangers for a three-game set beginning tonight and ending Thursday, but you'd think he'd miss a few games.
What a shame.
Anyway, it's bound to happen, and it will happen soon. Jeter is shockingly the first player in Yankees history who will reach the 3,000 milestone in a Yankees uniform. Mickey Mantle didn't. Babe Ruth didn't. All the larger than life names in the history of the largest larger than life team in American sports, and none of them have 3,000 hits. But Jeter will soon.
Now Andrus can just worry about helping his team win at the plate and to lock up his recent defensive problems which caused him to get pulled late in Sunday's loss to Minnesota by manager Ron Washington.