I am glad to see serious discussion here. I agree a part of it is consistency. I did the math and it averages out to about 176 hits per year. He and Mariano Rivera are my favorite Yankees. (the latter mostly due to him tipping his cap when the Sox fans cheered him at the home opener back in '05...that was priceless and his reaction was the definition of class)
Proud of the Six One Seven.
We are Boston. We are strong. We will prevail.