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On this day in 1994, Alex Rodriguez recorded his first two career hits for the Seattle Mariners. In 2011, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter recorded his 3,000th hit on a home run. 

By Extra Mustard
July 09, 2015

Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are more similar than you would think. Though Jeter was as revered by fans as A-Rod has been reviled, they have plenty in common. 

For one, they both have over 3,000 hits, and both entered the 3,000-hit club with a home run. 

A-Rod’s road to 3,000 began in 1994, in his second career game with the Mariners. A-Rod was a spindly 18-year-old when he topped a curveball just the pitcher’s mound and beat out an infield single for his first career hit.

Add this photo to your folder of goofy A-Rod pictures

Though Jeter made his major-league debut a year later than Rodriguez, he recorded his 3,000th hit exactly seven years after A-Rod’s first, on this day in 2011. 

Now we’ll have to see if A-Rod follows in Jeter’s footsteps and becomes a publishing maven

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