is a sport obviously obsessed with records and milestones, and we all
have our favorites. Mine is the 3,000-hit club. Just the notion of a
club makes it more fun. It's not an all-encompassing metric of baseball
greatness (Babe Ruth isn't in it, for crying out loud). But it is basic
and lovely. The whole plot of the (generally underrated) baseball movie "Mr. 3000"
-- a title that makes it sound like a Japanese robot movie -- is that a
guy (Bernie Mac) would come out of retirement after losing three hits
to a "clerical error"
simply because his life would be incomplete without reaching that
number. Baseball history loves its round numbers, and no baseball number
is more round than 3,000.