As he's on the cusp of surpassing Lou Gehrig for the Yankees' career hits record, the New York Times takes a look back at the start of Derek Jeter's career--in Seattle. He's always been a Yankee, but his first big-league game was against the M's, in "the sterile Kingdome," as NYT writer Jack Curry puts it. (I say there was nothing sterile about a ballpark where you could so easily phone the dugout.)
It wasn't the most auspicious start: Jeter went 0-5, and struck out in extra innings with the go-ahead run on third base. Afterward, he and his dad went out to eat, and the only place he could find open--Seattle was even sleepier in those days--was a McDonald's. Jeter chowed down on the not-exactly-training-food, came back the next day, and got his first hit. The rest, as they say, is history. And indigestion.