3,000-hit man Jeter once roamed NA field

Photo by Jim Hague/Yankee great Derek Jeter reached the 3,000-hit plateau last Saturday, causing some to reflect on the days when he used to mow the lawn at the Queen of Peace practice field, shown here.


By Jim Hague

Ed Abromaitis sat in Yankee Stadium Saturday afternoon to witness a piece of baseball history. A while ago, the former Queen of Peace athletic director and long-time Kearny resident procured tickets to see his beloved New York Yankees play the Tampa Bay Rays.
How could have Abromaitis predict that it would be the same day that someone he knew since he was a little boy would carve his place in baseball immorality?
“I never could have dreamed it,” Abromaitis said. “I never could have thought it would have happened now.”
Abromaitis was one of the thousands of Yankee fans who were in attendance Saturday to watch the Yankee captain, Derek Jeter, become the first Yankee ever to reach the 3,000-hit plateau and just the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to ever reach the milestone.

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