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Boggs: "I pretty much expected it - because he's Derek Jeter"

Wade Boggs welcomed Derek Jeter as the only other player to reach his 3,000th hit with a home run.

"I pretty much expected it,'' Boggs told the Times from Tampa. "Because he's Derek Jeter.''

Boggs, who went deep for the Devil Rays on Aug. 7, 1999, said he didn't figure Jeter would reach the milestone with something mundane like a single up the middle.

"That's not New York style,'' Boggs said. "You've got to do it with flare.''

Boggs said he knew from playing with Jeter in 1996 that he was destined for greatness given the consistency of his swing. "Good for him, I'm proud of him,'' Boggs said. "I knew it was just a matter of time.''

Boggs didn't see the hit live but saw a replay shortly after. "I don't think anyone expects to hit a home run for their 3,000th hit,'' Boggs said. "Makes me famous again.''


[Last modified: Monday, August 8, 2011 12:15am]


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