ARLINGTON, Texas - For trivia freaks: Derek Jeter's first game against the Rangers at the Ballpark was April 6, 1996. He was 0-for-2 with two walks and a run in a 4-2 loss. The Rangers swept the three-game series, and Jeter finished with one hit in eight at bats. The trajectory of both Jeter and the Yankees improved dramatically since then.
"I always liked coming to Texas," Jeter told us media scum on Monday at the Ballpark in his final appearance at the Ballpark ... unless the Rangers play the Yankees in the playoffs.
Can you blame him?
According to www.baseballreference.com, Jeter has played in 147 career games against the Rangers, and is batting .328 with 33 doubles, 4 triples, 24 home runs and 90 RBI.
In Jeter's career at the Ballpark in Arlington, Jeter is batting .332 with 18 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and 40 RBI.
Of course, the Rangers can feel better knowing Jeter this against every other team.
Jeter was asked Monday what he remembers most about playing the Rangers and he went with the safe, "The playoffs, earlier in my career and a few years ago."
1996: Yankees 3-1 over Rangers in ALDS
Jeter was 7-for-17 with two runs, 1 double
1998: Yankees 3-0 over Rangers in ALDS
Jeter was 1-for-9 with two walks
1999: Yankees 3-0 over Rangers in ALDS
Jeter was 5-for-11 with 3 runs, 1 double, 1 triple, two walks
2010: Rangers 3-2 over Yankees in ALCS
Jeter was 6-for-26 with two runs, three doubles, one triple
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