So many times, I end up reading about historic events in the newspaper or watching the reruns on television. But, on Saturday, July 9, 2011, I was witness to baseball history. Derek Jeter had his 3000th major league baseball hit. What is so impressive is that he is the first New York Yankee to do this (I find that amazing) and only the 28th person ever.
Within minutes, the internet is full of the news. Nobody could claim that they didn’t know! Perhaps the most interesting post appeared on the Huffington Post where, in addition to the story, an interactive infographic of all the others appears. It’s a who’s who of some of the best.
Al Kaline, Rod Carew, Hank Aaron, Pete Rose, George Brett, Cal Ripken Jr. to mention just a few. Check out the infographic at the link here.
Of course, the nice thing about today’s technology is that we can play it over and over at will thanks to folks that post the info for us. Shortly after the event, YouTube was full of the story.
Amazingly, I had put off going yard saleing for a while and caught it live. I’m glad that I can say that and going 5 for 5 on the day is just the capper to a momentous event. I’m so glad that I was able to witness it.
When you think of the impact of technology, it’s almost scary. We know of the achievements of previous superstars largely from handed down records. Today’s youth will have all events so well digitally recorded and preserved to live again and again. Could you imagine if Ty Cobb had his legendary career highlights captured on YouTube and an infographic illustrating it all?