September 25: Derek Jeter hits a walk off single in his last at-bat at Yankee Stadium
There was a lot to dislike about Derek Jeter’s final season – his stats are a good place to start and the grating farewell tour is a good place to end – but even Jeter haters had to like the way he went out. In his last game at home, The Captain came up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied, 5-5. Like so many times before, he slashed a single to right. The winning run scored and Jeter was able to walk off at Yankee Stadium a hero. Incredible as that moment was, baseball heroics are nothing new from Jeter. For Yankees blogger Michael Axisa, editor of River Avenue Blues, seeing No. 2 get emotional was more memorable because it was so uncommon. “As the fans were chanting Jeter’s name in the late innings, the television cameras got a shot of him with tears in his eyes while at shortstop, and that’s what I remember most. Outside of a little fist pump after a win, Jeter rarely showed emotion on the field in his career, so to see him there with tears in his eyes was very memorable. It was a side of him we never got to see before,” Axisa says.
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