Jeter passed George Brett to move into sole possession of 14th place on the all-time hits list.
Derek on passing Brett
“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.”
Statement from George Brett
“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.’”