Derek Jeter said before Wednesday's Game 3 that catching Pete Rose for the all-time hit record in not something that's on his mind, despite Rose revealing his obsession over the shortstop's pursuit to Sports On Earth this week.
"The only one I'm thinking about catching is Yogi," Jeter said, referring to his 10 World Series rings. "Yogi's really got five though. I always joke with Yogi and say he's got five because he went straight to the World Series. I figured I'd cut them in half since we got five. I'll cut them in half."
Rose told the web site that Jeter, who is 10th all-time with 3,304 hits, won't surpass his 4,256 hits because of his age and the demands of his position.
"I don't think he will break the record," Rose says. "First of all, I don't think he wants to leave the Yankees. And the Yankees, they're about winning. Jeter had a great year this year, but he's what? Thirty-eight years old? And he's a shortstop? How many 40-year-old shortstops you see walking around?"
According to the web site, Rose knew exactly how many hits Jeter had, and did the math out loud to illustrate how it wouldn't be possible. As for Jeter, he sounded mostly amused by the whole discussion.
"Why would you think about something that's 1,000 hits away?" Jeter said. "Something like that? I don't think about it really. That's the least of my concerns right now.
As for the difficulty of getting to Rose, Jeter shrugged.
"It's hard to get 3,000 hits," Jeter said. "I mean, you figure you got to do it for what, 15 years with 200 hits, that's a lot of hits, man. So 4,000 is 20 years of it. Really, I don't even know why we're talking about it.
"I understand why, but . . . Can I catch him today?"