The night belonged to Derek Jeter as it has many times for the past 13 years. In the top half of the ninth in a 6-2 Yankee loss, Jeter singled off White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd to surpass the legendary Lou Gehrig for the most hits (1,270) at Yankee Stadium. Cameras flashed everywhere as Jeter tipped his helmet to the crowd during a long standing ovation. Given the circumstances under which Jeter and the Yankees still play, the captain’s been the rock of the franchise that’s kept its spirits up for the fans, if not his own team. In manager Joe Girardi’s mind, Jeter’s surpassing Gehrig seemed almost perfect. “I,” said Girardi “find Lou Gehrig to be an amazing person, someone that you look up to as a role model. I think helping people is important to Derek, too…He’s chasing a guy with outstanding character and is a guy with out-standing character.” Many of the Jeter hits that fans remember haven’t come in regular season games. Most of Jeter’s memorable hits have come in games during the month of October, like the 8th-inning home run off of Armando Benitez in Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series (one that involved a certain 12 year-old boy sitting in the right field stands).Or the lead-off home run off of Bobby Jones in Game 4 of the 2000 World Series against the New York Mets. Or the homer off Byung-Hyun Kim in the 10th inning of the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamond- backs that earned him the nick- name “Mr. November.” It’ll be weird to see playoff baseball next month with him standing at the plate or playing shortstop. If there’s any time to appreciate the past 13 years of Yankee baseball, not to mention Jeter’s career, it’s now. While telecasts of Yankee games continue to play highlights from Ruth, DiMaggio, Mantle and the aforementioned Gehrig, the Yankees fans of this generation can salute their own hero before the team starts a new life on the north side of 161st Street and River Avenue. Phil Hughes and Mike Mussina looked to help the Yankees win the second-to-last series at the stadium. Mussina goes for win number 18 tonight (Thursday). The Baltimore Orioles show up for the last series in the Bronx beginning Friday.