Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jo DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle. These are just several players from the incredible dynasty of legendary baseball players to write their name in MLB history while donning the famous pinstripes as members of the New York Yankees. If there’s any player who deserves to have their name added to this list, it’s the longtime Yankee great known as “The Captain”, Derek Jeter. After 20 seasons of ball in the Bronx, Jeter begins his final stretch of games as a New York Yankee this week and will make his last MLB appearance on Sunday, September 28, 2014. In honor of the upcoming retirement of this future Hall of Famer, Fanatics Authentic recaps some of the greatest moments in The Captain’s illustrious career.
Only 28 players in over a century of Major League Baseball have tallied 3,000 or more hits during their career and Derek Jeter ranks sixth among those 28 Hall of Fame inductees. After surpassing Lou Gehrig to become the New York Yankees all-time hits leader, Jeter racked up his 3,000th career hit by homering to left field in a 2011 home match-up against the Tampa Bay Rays. It was only fitting that a Yankee as memorable as Jeter joined the 3,000 hit club with a home run in front of a nearly sold out Yankee Stadium.
In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, the city of New York was looking for a sign of hope in trying times. The people of the Big Apple would look no further than The Captain himself. The 2011 World Series games were delayed until November and the Yankees were in a heated series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Just after the clock struck midnight in Game 4, Derek Jeter hit a walk-off home run to earn the legendary nickname Mr. November and keep the faith alive in New York.
Arguably the greatest moment in Derek Jeter’s career wasn’t achieving one of his dozens of milestones or winning any of his five World Series rings. Instead, it came in a 2001 ALDS game against the Oakland A’s. Down two games in a must-win match-up in Northern California, the Yankees were holding on to a slim 1-0 lead late in the night. When Oakland’s Terrence Long slapped a Mike Mussina pitch in to the outfield, it was almost certain that Jeremy Giambi would score the game-tying run, putting all the pressure back on the Yankees to win this game and stay alive in the postseason. Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer threw the ball from the outfield over the cutoff mans head, but Derek Jeter appeared seemingly out of nowhere to scoop up the throw and flip it to Jorge Posada to tag out Oakland’s Giambi at home. This play saved the New York Yankees season and will forever be known as “The Flip.”
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