Jeter passed George Brett to move into sole possession of 14th place on the all-time hits list.
"It goes without saying how great of a player he is.
I’ve always had a lot of respect for George Brett and what he was able to accomplish.
I was aware of it a few days ago. But we’re out there trying to win games, so I’m not up there thinking about who I could pass or anything like that.”
"I’m always kind of bummed out when guys pass you, because you had your own place in the record book for a while, and I had that one there for a while.
But a guy like Derek comes around and passes you, really, I think it all depends on the type of person that did it. I have the utmost respect for him.
I’ve only met him one time, very briefly, but for a guy to play as long as he has in New York, and I’ve never heard one bad thing said about the guy.
He’s definitely a team player, he’s a clutch player. He’s been the backbone of [the Yankees] for a long, long time, and when a guy like that passes you, I’d like to shake his hand and look him in the eye and say ‘Congratulations.’”