It's no secret how much Derek Jeter, in general, despises the attention that comes with any of his pursuits of an individual record.
Sunday morning, before the Yankees' first full-squad workout, he said he plans to approach this summer's chase of his 3,000th hit differently.
"Try to enjoy it," said Jeter, who will begin the season 74 hits short of 3,000. "I don’t take anything for granted. I’m not just assuming that that's something that’s going to happen, but just try to enjoy it. I think in the past I’ve tried to pretty much block it out and not pay attention to it [individual accomplishments] but anytime you’re talking about something as special as that, I think it’s something that should be appreciated, I'm talking about myself, appreciate the journey and have fun with it."
No Yankee has ever reached 3,000 hits and just 27 players have reached the plateau in baseball history.
"Not too many people have done it," said Jeter, the active hits leader. "It’s really a mark for a lot of years people have looked to as something that’s very, very hard to do."
The last major chase Jeter was involved in was passing Lou Gehrig as the franchise's all-time hits leader in 2009.
"I’ve always been one that tried to shy away from anything that was personal and not talk about it much," he said. "I couldn’t wait for it to be over with because I really didn’t like the focus to be on me. I think now it’s going to be enjoying every day instead of can’t wait until something’s over with."