Jul 17, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Jeter Downs (20) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run against the New York Yankees during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

While Jeter hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium isn’t exactly new, what happened on Sunday was a first.

Sunday marked the final game of a series in The Bronx between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Boston shortstop Jeter Downs — who’s named after New York’s legendary shortstop, Derek Jeter — came to the plate in the third inning with a runner on. Downs drilled a two-run home run into the left field seats. The home run was not only Downs’ first home in the stadium where his namesake used to play but the first of his Major League career.

The signficance of Jeter hitting a home run in The Bronx was not lost on baseball fans.

Much like Mike Yastrzemski hitting a home run in his first game at Fenway Park where his grandfather, Carl, played for more than 20 years, it’s hard to not smile when something like this happens. Regardless of where ones rooting interests may lie, it is a cool moment.

The elder Jeter hit 32 career home runs at the new Yankee Stadium. Certainly, Downs has a long way to go if he’s going to catch that total. But he’s off to a good start.

[Talkin’ Baseball]

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