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Jeter understands importance of 3,000

The Captain has shown up with class every day as he approaches the milestone

Updated: July 8, 2011, 11:45 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- He showed up every day at the office, on time, eager to earn his wage. In a world overrun by cheats and frauds, slackers and incompetents, Derek Jeter was extraordinary in his mastery of the ordinary.

His batting helmet was his hard hat. Even as a cover-boy shortstop, a New York, New York bachelor who squired enough starlets to make Broadway Joe Namath blush, Jeter was always best defined by his coal miner's work ethic, his willingness to get dirty and to stay late.

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