CNBC’s Darren Rovell hears that the Yankees have sold $2.5 million in Derek Jeter merchandise since the shortstop collected his 3,000th hit by homering Saturday.
Rovell also reports that Steiner Sports, Jeter’s official memorabilia dealer, was so flooded with calls Saturday that its phone system crashed.
Whether the Yankees really thought Jeter would be worth $51 million over three seasons when they signed him last winter, they did know that Jeter’s charge to 3,000 hits would get them some of their money back. They’re banking on the same thing from Alex Rodriguez if he can approach the home run record towards the end of his contract.
Pirates prospect shortstop Cole Tucker stepped up for an injured Erik González on Saturday and wasted little time proving that he was ready to shoulder major-league responsibilities. After starting the game 0-for-2, Tucker pounced on Derek Holland‘s 2-2 sinker and sent it out to center field for a two-run shot in the fifth inning.
Following the tie-breaking blast, Tucker responded to cheers from the crowd with… perhaps a little more ceremony than the occasion required. He was the second of the Pirates’ prospects to record his first major-league hit during the game, as outfielder Bryan Reynolds also hit a single off of Holland in the fourth.
Jung Ho Kang struck out to end the inning, after which a rain delay was called. The Pirates currently lead the Giants 3-1.