During Jeter’s 20 year career he’s had some unbelievable moments in the Bronx and always seemed to come up big in big moments. Whether it was coming out of no where to cut off a throw and save his team’s chances to advance to the 2001 World Series, diving into the stands to catch a foul ball, or hitting a home run for his 3,000th hit, he’s always shined when it mattered most.
Of course those are only a few of the many moments and plays that we could highlight that have led the New York Yankees to five World Series titles and an unprecedented run of success during his time in pinstripes. So why would we think that his last game at Yankee Stadium would be any different. Heading into his last game in the Bronx I think we all believed a magical moment was on the horizon.
Those beliefs were solidified in the bottom of the first inning when he doubled in Brett Gardner and then scored the tying run to notch the game at 2-2. But in the bottom of the 7th with the bases loaded and the score still tied at 2 we all got that feeling that this was it. In what could have been his last at bat at home Jeter came through in expected fashion, putting the ball in play to score two go ahead runs and put Gardner in position to score another run that would make the game 5-2.
In the top of the 9th inning the fans were taking it all in, snapping pictures and chanting Jeter’s name as he stood at his shortstop position, the position he held down for the last 20 years. With a three run lead everyone thought this would be it, but it was far from over and it was far from the last they’d see of Jeter on this night. With a two-run home run and another solo shot the Orioles tied it up at 5 and sent the game into the bottom of the ninth with guess who up third in the inning.
A single to start the bottom of the ninth set the stage for the magical send off we all envisioned heading into the game. With a bunt to move the runner into scoring position, Jeter began his last journey to the batters box in the house that he built, to etch one last great memory in all of our minds.
Not wasting any time, Jeter hammered the first pitch to right field with his vintage inside-out Jeter swing to plate the game-winning run. It was a walk-off single. It was that one last moment at Yankee Stadium that we all hoped for and expected at the same time. His teammates swarmed him, former teammates congratulated him, the crowd cheered him and chanted his name, and millions watching at home watched as he tipped his cap in recognition of their support.
Then, we all watched as the captain walked out to his position at shortstop, knelt down, closed his eyes, and perhaps thanked God for making him a Yankee.
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