John Sterling said Thursday that the notion of Derek Jeter hitting a home run for his 3,000th hit hadn't occurred to him until someone brought it up when he was being interviewed about the milestone earlier in the week.

Hmm. Much as he didn't want to script his call, the Yankees' radio play-by-play man couldn't help but ponder how that would affect the dynamic of the moment.

Sure enough, Sterling got to mix his call of the historic hit Saturday with one of his trademark home run calls, even though he called Jeter "The Captain" rather than his standard "El Capitan."

"Here comes the 3-2 from Price," Sterling said on WCBS. "Swung on and hit in the air to deep left! That ball is high! It is far! It is . . . gone!

"He homers! Derek Jeter homers to tie the game, and there it is: hit number 3,000. Derek Jeter has achieved another milestone in his Hall of Fame career. Fifteen playoff appearances, 12 All-Star Games, five world championships and now the first Yankee to amass 3,000 hits. The Captain, Derek Jeter."

Added Suzyn Waldman: "As he promised, Jorge Posada jumped over that railing and was the first one to reach Derek Jeter. A magnificent milestone for a magnificent Yankee."

On YES, Michael Kay called it this way:

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"That one's drilled deep to leftfield. Going back Joyce. Looking up. See ya! 3,000! History, with an exclamation point! Oh, what a way to join the 3,000-hit club! Derek Jeter has done it in grand style!''

Kay then went silent for 105 seconds to let the pictures tell the story.