HBO and Major League Productions announced this week that they have partnered to produce an hour-long documentary titled “DEREK JETER 3K,” following baseball star Derek Jeter’s journey to 3,000 hits.
He currently sits at 2,994 hits, and will reach the milestone very soon.
The forthcoming doc is set to air a few weeks after the Yankees shortstop notches the milestone.
“It has been a lot of fun working with HBO Sports and MLB Productions to capture this milestone in a special and unique way,” Jeter said in a press release. “Hopefully fans will enjoy getting to see a sneak peek at the journey.”
“The 3,000 hit plateau is one of the most recognizable feats in our great game,” Yankees President Randy Levine added. “To have the days surrounding Derek’s remarkable achievement chronicled by Major League Baseball Productions and HBO ensures that this historic milestone will be captured with the type of style and professionalism he has become so synonymous with.”
According to MLB.com, the special will include new interviews with the biggest names tied to the Yankees and their Jeter’s career — including Hal Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi and Joe Torre to Mariano Rivera, Dave Winfield, Billy Crystal and even Minka Kelly, Jeter’s girlfriend.
“The buzz we’ve all seen during the buildup to this milestone is a clear indication of how Derek transcends the game on the field, and this is an ideal occasion for us to document what he’s going through on a day-to-day basis,” said Chris Tully, MLB senior vice president, broadcasting. “We’re extremely grateful to Derek and the Yankees for granting us this level of access, and we’re excited to once again work with HBO.”
Due to the partnership with the MLB, HBO’s filmmakers have been given extensive access to both Jeter, on and off the field.
MLB.com says Jeter granted access to camera crews to follow him to a variety of places, including his home and during his rehabilitation from a right calf strain.
Jeter returned from the disabled list Monday (July 4) after missing three weeks. However, he went 0 for 4, leaving him six hits away from reaching the 3,000 mark.