Music mogul Jay-Z witnessed history Saturday (July 9) afternoon by watching New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter become the first player in his team history to record 3,000 hits.
After witnessing history in the Bronx, Jay told reporters he predicted Jeter’s hit.
Nick Swisher said that Russell Martin called Derek Jeter’s shot. So too did Jay-Z, the rapper told reporters outside the Yankees clubhouse after Jeter on Saturday afternoon became the second player in major league history to homer for his 3,000th hit. “I actually called it,” Jay-Z said. “I called it for the wrong side though. I thought he was gonna hit the short porch (in right), but he surprised everyone. “I taped (my prediction) as well, so I’m good.” Jay-Z said Jeter is in the “top tier” of great Yankees. “I’m a Yankees fan so I’ve known him. He’s my best friend,” Jay-Z joked. (ESPN)
Young Hov also filmed the historic moment from Yankees Stadium.
Jay-Z captured baseball history on camera. The sports enthusiast filmed Yankees player Derek Jeter knocking his 3,000th hit out of the park at New York’s Yankee Stadium. The “Empire State of Mind” rapper was seated near third base and can be heard predicting the moment before it happened. (Rap-Up)
In 2009, Jay performed “Empire State of Mind” during the World Series at Yankee Stadium.
“The moment at Yankee stadium for me, as a kid growing up in Brooklyn, I’m still high off of that,” Jay explained in an interview. “But right after that, we got a police escort right to the airport and took a plane straight out…I felt like a kid, the field is beautiful, I never been that close to the field, walking around. I jumped over the center field fence like I was catching a homerun…” (“Mike & Mike In The Morning”)
After the Yankees’ World Series win, Jay joined the team’s slugger Alex Rodriguez during their New York City parade in November.
Crowds roared and church bells rang in lower Manhattan on Friday as the Yankees’ World Series championship celebration revved up with a ticker-tape parade. As the players on floats made their way through Wall Street toward City Hall Plaza, a loud roar rose above Broadway and confetti rained down on the parade. Revelers arrived early Friday to get a good spot along the route though many were forced to pack surrounding streets. Governor David Paterson and rapper Jay-Z were among those in the parade. After the players arrive at City Hall Plaza, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will give them the keys to the city. (Associated Press)
Check out Jay-Z’s coverage of the 3,000 hit below: